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

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

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

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Stonewall Rhododentrites, Wikimedia, CC-BY-SA-4.0

50 Years Stonewall Riots
A New York Revolt and its Consequences

New York, 1969: Drag queens, transgender people, gays, and lesbians, among them many people of color and homeless youth. The Stonewall Inn. A raid on the popular bar, but this time around the motley crew resists the police’s brutality.

The stars of "Dynasty" - on German television the series was called "Denver Clan" Photo (Detail) : Brettschneider © picture alliance

Queer writing as an art form
Some Notes on My Gay Feelings

“My taste in art was faggy before I could be.” William Johnson allows us to share in his development as a writer. He lives in Brooklyn and is a publisher of a literary journal dedicated to showcasing queer/gay writings.


Schwules Museum Berlin Schwules Museum Berlin

Germany, 07/18–12/31/2019

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.

Stonewall Moments

The Stonewall Uprising has fundamentally changed our perception of queer people and opened up new possibilities of articulation for LBGTQ* people themselves. Queer resistance existed before, in the Weimar Republic, for instance, or in the civil rights movement in the U.S. Stonewall, however, was the beacon from which the LGBTQ* movement was constituted and diversified, a moment in history after which nothing could be the same. Most queer people experience such Stonewall moments: Individual situations, or people who fundamentally impact their lives, leading to a sharpening and personal awareness of queer identity. For Queer as German Folk, some have shared their experiences of such life situations with us. They are very personal stories, each a mosaic piece of queer history after Stonewall.

Honey Mahogany

San Francisco
Honey Mahogany

Sofia Figueroa

Sofía Figueroa

Ullrich Wuerdemann

Ulrich Würdemann

Anita Dolce Vita

New York City
Anita Dolce Vita

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.

Queer Resistance graphik: TomVonier.online

New York City, 06/20/2019
Queer Resistance

Queer lifestyles have supposedly become mainstream. However, the rise of neo-conservative forces across the globe increasingly question the legitimacy of anti-discrimination legislation. What can we learn from the global experience of gender-generated resistance?

Queer Culture Foto: Pexels

Toronto, 06/21/2019
Queer Culture

Which forms of queer culture are there today? How does queer opposition manifest itself in the cultural sector? Is there such a thing as queer culture at all?

Queer Diversity Foto: Pexels

Mexiko City, 06/22/2019
Queer Diversity

How do we deal with the phenomenon of queer diversity? How can equal treatment be granted to small minorities?

 Klaus Wowereit with Ken Adam, Hannelore Hoger, Regina Ziegler and Thomas Gottschalk 2012 in Berlin at the inauguration of the Boulevard of the Stars. Foto: NetAction, Wikimedia, CC-BY-SA-3.0

Berlin, 09/15/2019
Queer Establishment

Is there room for otherness within the ruling class? Can queer politicians be expected to pursue different policies or queer leaders to lead in a distinctive way?

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 German learner

Queer for students of German – the Cover from “QP” © Goethe-Institut New York

The “Queer as German Folk” teaching materials developed by the Goethe-Institut New York allow you to teach with cultural references, give young people a diverse and vibrant impression of Germany, and consider individual identities: a multimedia booklet written from the perspective of a teenager.


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)

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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 Videoout

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

Leather Archives and Museum Packingtown 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