Who or what is QueerExchange?
QueerExchange is a group of volunteers and full-time employees at AFS that promotes gender and sexual diversity in student exchanges and international volunteer services.
QueerExchange sees itself as a mouthpiece, wants to be present, create visibility for queer people and work to make queer things a matter of course - also internationally!
Why does QueerExchange exist?
Queer, i.e. lesbian, gay, bisexual and pansexual as well as trans, intersex and non-binary people are part of the German and international diversity of life and their identity and needs must be respected and taken into account. Unfortunately, tolerant and respectful interaction on many levels – including internationally – is not yet a matter of course.
How does it work?
QueerTausch gets involved, educates with the help of workshops and information stands and raises awareness of sexual and gender diversity so that reservations and insecurities in dealing with each other can be reduced. Sometimes there are aha-experiences and one or the other time it can take a load off one's mind!
We at QueerExchange are there to help! We answer questions, find regional contact persons if necessary, help with difficulties in mutual understanding and feel responsible when people reach their limits because something is presented as "queer".