Information for Refugees:

To be gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or intersexual is neither a sickness nor a sin, it is part of the varied spectrum of human identities.

Gays, lesbians, bisexuals, transgender and intersexuals in Germany are protected by the law against discrimination.

The German Constitution (Grundgesetz) states:

Human dignity shall be inviolable. To respect and protect it shall be the duty of all state authority. (Article 1)

All persons shall be equal before the law.

No person shall be favoured or disfavoured because of sex, parentage, race, language, homeland and origin, faith, or religious or political opinions. No person shall be disfavoured because of disability. (Article 3, paragraphs 1 and 3)

The General Act on Equal Treatment (Das Allgemeine Gleichbehandlungsgesetz, AGG):

The law protects all people against discrimination (women, men, transgender, intersexuals) irrespective of their sexual identity.

Amongst other things, the AGG is employed to make sure that no one is barred from access to education, work, living space and public institutions. .

There a groups or centres in several cities in Rhineland-Palatinate (Rheinland-Pfalz) that perceive themselves to be a place of refuge and meeting place for lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender and intersexuals (LGBTI).

There you will find counsel, groups for various interests and needs (for example groups for gay and lesbian people, groups for transgender, and special offerings for young people below the age of 27…). In our facilities we give you the opportunity to talk freely about your gender and sexual identity.

Which requirements need to be met by lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgendered to receive right of asylum in Germany?

You can be granted right of asylum when you are persecuted in your homeland because of your sexual identity or your gender identity, or if you are faced with punishment, life-threatening danger or an inhumane, degrading treatment.

Should the prevailing legal norms of a transgender person’s homeland not correspond with the German transsexual law, this could be cause for asylum if it is in combination with other reasons that, on the whole, lead to a grave violation of human rights. The cause for flight does not have to be proven, but it has to be reported, right from the beginning, in a conclusive and detailed manner, without inherent contradictions.

If they search refuge from “safe countries of origin”, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender refugees have to declare that they are persecuted for other reasons than the prevailing cause.

If the application for asylum in Germany is not successful, the 1951 UN Refugee Convention may protect from deportation.

Trier

SCHMIT-Z – queer centre
Mustorstraße 4
54290 Trier

Web: www.schmit-z.de
E-Mail: info@schmit-z.de

Café and bar

Informally meet people in real life, regardless of being homo, hetero or queer. We offer you free internet access, delicious drinks and decent conversation.

Opening hours of the bar:

Every Friday and Saturday: 22-02

Opening hours of the Café:

Every Sunday: 15-19

Opening hours of the office

Every Tuesday and Thursday: 15-19

Counsel

Every Wednesday afternoon from 5 o’clock till 7 o’clock we offer you personal and confidential counsel in our rooms. You can ask us every and all questions about homosexuality, coming-out or HIV. You have the choice of a male or female counselor. Write us a mail to get an appointment for counsel or to ask us your questions: beratung@schmit-z.de

Office

Every Tuesday and Thursday (15-17) our team is available for all kinds of questions about the SCHMIT-Z, our events and groups. Just come on by, our door is open.

Mainz

Bar jeder Sicht
Centre of culture and communication for lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender and intersexuals
Hintere Bleiche 29, 55116 Mainz

Web: www.sichtbar-mainz.de
Mail: info@sichtbar-mainz.de

The bar called Bar jeder Sicht is a queer cultural centre with a variety of events with free admission. There is something for everyone, be it improvised theatre, films, concerts, karaoke or political discussion groups. More than 15 queer groups use the bar for workshops and regulars’ table. A wide selection of drinks, a weekly changing menu as well as snacks that are permanently in stock complete our offer.

Opening hours of the bar:

Tuesday-Saturday from 18 o’clock                                                                                                             Sunday: 16 – 22
We are closed on Mondays.

Counsel:

Bar jeder Sicht’s counselling team provides professional help for all questions and problems concerning the topic of sexual identity, gender identity and coming-out. Please make an appointment via beratung@sichtbar-mainz.de or call us: 0174 4985286.