On the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, the Goethe-Institut New York and the Schwules Museum Berlin conceived the exhibition Queer as German Folk. After stations in North America and Germany, the digitized exhibition can now be made available to interested parties worldwide. You can create a space to experience the queer movement past and present, with the ability to adapt the exhibition to local contexts.
Half a century has passed since the riots on Christopher Street in New York. Half a century in which queer people worldwide have fought for visibility, respect and equality. And half a century of personal memories that carry into the present. In short videos, different generations reflect on their Stonewall moments.
Complementary to the exhibition Queer as German Folk, panel discussions were held in Toronto, New York, Mexico City, and Berlin. Contemporary queer discourse on the topics of resistance, culture, diversity and establishment was recorded and is now available on this website.
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 as German Folk is a project of the Goethe-Institut in North America in cooperation with Schwules Museum, Berlin, and Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung (Federal Agency for Political Education)
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
San Francisco, Montreal, Toronto