Event 01 June 2016 - 30 July 2016

Free guided tours at the Schwules Museum*

Sat, 25 June at 16 h guided tour "Superqueeroes" with curator and STRIPPED author Markus Pfalzgraf

Sun, 26 June at 16 h special farewell-tour "Superqueeroes" with curator Dr. Kevin Clarke

Sat, 2 July at 16 h guided tour "Am I Dandy?"

Thur, 7 July at 18 h guided tour "Ken. To Be Destroyed"

Thur, 14 July at 16 h guided tour "Am I Dandy?"

Thur, 21 July at 17 h guided tour MILLIONAIRES CAN BE TRANS* // YOU ARE SO BRAVE*

Sat, 23 July at 16 h guided tour "Am I Dandy?"

Sat, 30 July at 17 h guided tour MILLIONAIRES CAN BE TRANS* // YOU ARE SO BRAVE*


more guided tours on request: kontakt(at)schwulesmuseum.de

News 25 June 2016, 19:00

We're criminals: India's notorious Article 377

Lecture by R. Raj Rao (University of Tübingen)

Lord Thomas Babbington Macaualay introduced Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code in 1861. It criminalized what it called "unnatural sex" which was largely taken to mean anal and oral sex that homosexual men practiced.

Hence it came to be seen as an anti-gay law. The law still exists in India, though Britian itself got rid of it in 1961. The talk focusses on how the law plays itself out in modern day India; on the attempts by gay activists and the media to abolish it; on the brief reprieve we got between July 2009 and December 2013 when the Delhi High Court "read down" the law to exclude consenting adult homosexuals; and on the unwillingness of the BJP government at the centre and of the Supreme Court to amend the law, as progressive thinking would demand.

The speaker, R. Raj Rao, currently teaching at Tübingen University, Germany, is a fiction and non-fiction writer, poet, playwright and activist. His many books include three novels, a collection of short stories, four volumes of poetry, a biography, a book of interviews with gay men and women, a book of plays, and a translation into English of Indian transgender (hijra) activist Laxmi's autobiography. He regards himself as an immigrant by default because he writes in English in a country that has 30 native languages. And he regards himself as a refugee because, as a gay man, he is, after all, a criminal in his own land, in search of asylum. When in India, Rao lives in the cities of Bombay and Poona where he teaches.

The lecture is in English, and it is presented by the magazine MÄNNER (m-maenner.de).

Event 27 June 2016, 19:00

BLACK IN BERLIN #5 Performed Identities

Identity is often a fluid construct as a person of color. How does high visibility affect the personas that we adopt in our daily lives? In what ways are these personas real and imagined, chosen and imposed?

In the June salon we’ll examine transnational constructs of people of color, identity policing and the ways we question, amplify and diminish our identities.

Due to the limited space, capacity is limited to 50.
Please RSVP to jessicalaurenelizabethtaylor@gmail.com if you wish to join the conversation.

In 2012, Jessica Lauren Elizabeth Taylor began the salon series “Black in Berlin” as a reaction to the appropriation of Afropean culture by the German, English-language mainstream media.

The experience of being Black in Berlin can oftentimes be polarizing. The lingering effects of African colonization that are ever present in the city mixed with the inherent alienation of “representing” the other creates a complex day to day existence. This paradox does not have to be internalized. The Black in Berlin Salon is an opportunity to dialogue issues, foster community and generate conversation with the willing to listen. The salon encourages people of all races and backgrounds to participate in the discussion. Each participant is given time and space ask questions, voice frustrations, tell stories and commiserate in the hopes that by engaging in a dialogue we can help alleviate the very real stresses that come with the trauma of existing in marginalized communities. Each session of the Black in Berlin Salon operates loosely around a different theme.

The Black in Berlin salon doesn’t focus on a singular oppressive institution like racism but will take an intersectional stance to see how the oppressive institutions of racism, sexism, homophobia, classism are interconnected.

The title Black in Berlin is a reference to the double entendre of the German word “schwarz,” often used to describe something negative, e.g. “schwarzfahren.” The Black in the title refers to black and brown people and all people of color who have felt on the outside in Berlin.

The event will be in English in the café of the Schwules Museum*. It also marks the end of the exhibition "Transformers": six collages by Isaiah Wolf. There will be no entry fees.

News 03 July 2016, 18:30

Queer Life and Politics in Indonesia: Activism in the Face of Social Death

Alternative sexualities and gender expressions increasingly become the target of hostility in Indonesia. While in the past sexual and gender minorities were treated with ambivalence, today the national media makes use of the acronym "LGBT" to portray minorities as an invisible and foreign threat for the nation.

At Queer Kitchen the recent event of antiqueer rethorics, violence, and abandonment in Indonesia will be adressed through the following questions: Which progressive queer politics can be made in the intersections of religious, cultural, and class differences? What forms of activism can be developed beyond claims for recognition and liberation? More importantly what concrete ways of solidarity can we engage with in the face of ongoing modes of queer endurance/exhaustion at the cusp of social death?

News 14 July 2016, 18:30 - 14 July 2016

Queer Social Reproduction as Radical Transfeminism

Series of lectures: Radical Transfeminism in connection with the exhibition MILLIONAIRES CAN BE TRANS*

With Nat Raha & Mijke van der Drift

Social reproduction is a concept that looks at how the continuation of life (under capitalism) is possible. Social reproduction are the material processes of continuing existence. This talk will consider how social reproduction becomes a site of revolutionary transformation when the forms of life to be reproduced are threatened with social death or ‘slow death’.

This will in particular consider the lives and radical activism of trans people of colour, focusing on the work of Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries (STAR) – a Gay Liberation group founded in New York, 1970 by Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P. Johnson, two key figures in the history of trans activism. Such activism and work maybe understood as exemplary of Black Materialist Feminism (A. Davis 1985, Hill Collins 1990) and the struggles of revolutionary groups at the time (such as the Black Panthers and the Young Lords). This talk will make the case that the nonnormative ethics of STAR serves as focal point for a further articulation of Radical Transfeminism.

Event 28 July 2016, 18:30 - 28 July 2016

All my/our relations: Decolonizing the Western Philosophy through Indigenous and Feminist Collaboration

Series of lectures: Radical Transfeminism in connection with the exhibition MILLIONAIRES CAN BE TRANS*

With Sebastian de Line

Can posthumanism be decolonized?

In Cree and Michif indigenous languages, Niw_hk_m_kanak means ‘all my/our relations.’ In this discussion, I will endeavour to explain and weave together a possibility of collaboration between all my/our relations and diffractive posthumanism as transmitted in traditional indigenous knowledge explained by L. Little Bear and contemporary western feminist scholars, Donna Haraway and Karen Barad. I believe these philosophical projects can benefit each other and expand upon a feminist discourse of science and philosophy, without the necessity of relying upon occidental systems. Feminism is constantly amending limitations of objective philosophy. How can feminism amend dualism and objectivity through bifocal perspectives? Can a fuller picture be experienced or only viewed? Would transfeminism potentially benefit from such a collaboration between feminist and indigenous philosophy?