WE ARE PART OF CULTURE - the Big Event for LGBTTIQ*
Non-profit organisation Projekt 100% Mensch breaks away from the role of victim played by those who are trans* or intersex or who have a same-sex orientation.
To this day, persecution, murder, exclusion, bullying and discrimination have characterised the lives of those with a same-sex orientation or gender issues. LGBTTIQ* people are victims of physical and emotional violence, time and time again. Dealing with crimes, making inequalities invisible, and giving these victims a face and space for their stories is hugely important in the fight for equality, acceptance, and respect. Yet this focus is one-sided and gives LGBTTTIQ* people a role, an attitude - that of the victim. Those who are told again and again that they are victims, will become victims.
The Projekt 100% Mensch has made it its goal to expand this image and set the matter straight: We are more than victims! We have worked actively, playing a positive role in shaping society and culture. We have written history. WE ARE PART OF CULTURE!
The WE ARE PART OF CULTURE exhibit depicts more than 30 figures who have had a lasting impact on our society, from antiquity to the modern day. People who have loved the same-sex. People who are trans* or intersex. Portraits of the figures, such as Virginia Woolf, Alan Turing, Friedrich II, King of Prussia, Christina, Queen of Sweden, Lili Elbe, and Selma Lagerlöf, were created specially for the exhibit by nationally and internationally famous artists, including Ralf König (Cologne), Rober W. Richards (NY), Gerda Laufenberg (Cologne), and Anne Bengard (Berlin). The artistic styles employed by the artists, from Indian ink, acrylics, stencils, and sketches to cartoons and illustrations, are as diverse as the characters they represent.
Becoming collaborative partners with Deutsche Bahn AG has made it possible to feature the exhibit in 20 of Germany’s biggest train stations, opening it up to a hugely diverse audience. This degree of accessibility and “randomness of encounter” is unique for this type of diversity exhibit. At the train stations, the exhibit will even reach people who, up to now, have had no introduction to or have taken a negative stance on the themes of ‘homosexuality’ and ‘gender’. In order to reach as many people as possible, the accompanying texts to the exhibit will be provided in German, English, Russian and Arabic. Effort has been made to use language that is easy to understand.
The exhibit is particularly aimed at schoolchildren in 8th grade or older. There will be information evenings for teaching staff in every city. The aim is to strengthen the self-image and self-confidence, encourage acceptance and respect, and raise awareness of the historical continuity of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and people with gender issues. Panel discussions, presentations and debates help to expand and enlarge upon the content of the exhibit. These public dialogues are carried out in cooperation with local organisations.
WE ARE PART OF CULTURE is sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth as part of the federal programme “Demokratie leben!” (Live democracy!), and the Federal Agency for Civic Education. With their support, businesses such as Bayer AG, Allianz Deutschland AG, LUSH, E.ON, falkenhagen.consulting, as well as Hewlett Packard, TARGOBANK, Frankfurter Sparkasse, the REWE Group, and the cities of Stuttgart and Frankfurt have all shown their dedication to diversity, respect and acceptance.
The WE ARE PART OF CULTURE exhibit was voted into the national selection of the renowned StartSocial competition under the patronage of Chancellor Angela Merkel.
The first public viewing of the WE ARE PART OF CULTURE exhibit took place at Berlin Central Station on 27 September 2017. The exhibit will be touring the 20 biggest train stations in Germany until May 2019. Further exhibits in businesses, additional cities, and abroad are also in the planning.