1969 – 2019 | 50 years Stonewall Riots
Queer as German Folk

The design of the exhibition "Queer as German Folk" developed by the Berlin based agency chezweitz graphic: chezweitz

The 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots gives occasion to celebrate, but also to continue the struggle for queer rights. The Goethe-Institut supports debate and remembrance with an international program.

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In 2019, eight branches of the Goethe-Institut in North America and the Schwules Museum, Berlin present the exhibition Queer as German Folk. Further Goethe-Instituts across the globe will follow in 2020. The exhibition invites visitors to experience the history of the queer movement and its present, within local contexts and spaces.

Itinerant Conference

Four exhibition venues, four panel discussions, four themes: parallel to the exhibition, there will be panel discussions in Toronto, New York, Mexico City, and Berlin. Between June and September 2019, various aspects of current queer discourse will be deliberated under the banner Queer Commonalities – Queer Conflicts: queer resistance, queer culture, queer diversity, and queer establishment. Discussions will take place in English with participants from the US, Canada, Mexico, and Germany. For those unable to attend in person, recordings of the four panels will be made available on this website.

Stonewall Moments

Half a century has passed since the revolt on Christopher Street in New York. For half a century now, queer people all over the world have fought for visibility, respect, and equality. It’s also half a century of personal memories that reach all the way to the present. In short videos, different generations recount their “Stonewall moments.”

Michael Venus

Michael Venus

Elle Flanders

Elle Flanders

Ullrich Wuerdemann

Ulrich Würdemann

Queer Cinema from Germany

The Goethe-Institut offers a list of queer films from Germany that can be used as a basis for local film programs. The film selection and texts are by Wieland Speck, the long-standing head of the Berlinale’s Panorama section, which traditionally includes many gay, lesbian, and trans films. Speck also initiated the Teddy Award, the world's only official queer film prize to be awarded by an A-list festival. The film recommendations reflect Speck’s personal views.

Queer for students of the German language


Queer as German Folk is a project of the Goethe-Institut in North America in cooperation with Schwules Museum, Berlin, and Bundeszentrale für poltische Bildung (Federal Agency for Political Education)

Logo Schwules Museum Berlin
Logo Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung

Local Partners

We thank all of our local partners in Berlin, Chicago, Guadalajara, Mexico City, Montreal, New York, San Francisco, Toronto, and Washington DC for their energetic and enthusiastic support, which made the on-site realization possible.

New York City
Stonewall 50 Consortium
Queer Cinema
The Center

Washington D.C.
The DC Center
Rainbow DC
Wunderbar together

Leather Archives and Museum
The Plant
Chicago Filmmakers

San Francisco,  Montreal, Toronto
Hormel Center San Francisco
Never Apart
Toronto Pride
Toronto Arquives

Mexiko City

Museo Memoria y Tolerancia
MIC Genero
Centro Cultural México Contemporaneo