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COMMUNITY ENGLISH QUEERGEREDET A NEW PODCAST FOR THE COMMUNITY Gentle Man is a project of AIDS-Hilfe Baden-Württemberg e.V. and the regional AIDS support organizations for men* who have sex with men*. For over 10 years, Gentle Man has been committed to educating men* of all ages, origins and sexual identities. And since May 2021 you too can listen to Gentle Man! The new podcast Queergeredet will be asking the big and small questions of the community, while discussing social issues, sexuality as well as HIV and STI prevention. Lars Lindauer is the project coordinator at Gentle Man and talks to us about this exciting undertaking. In the first episode you tackle the topic of hate crime. How current is the problem? Unfortunately, hate crime is still very current as the number of hate crimes has increased again in recent years. And not only in the comment sections on the Internet, but also in real life. The problem here is that there are few really meaningful figures available on this because many people do not report hate crimes to the police for a variety of reasons. And the police then unfortunately often do not record the incidents for what they are: crimes out of hatred towards people because they belong to a certain social group. Aside from possible physical damage, how does this also affect the mental health of those affected? I‘m not a psychologist, but many people develop avoidance strategies after verbal, cyber 14 CHECK BADEN-WÜRTTEMBERG #1

Interview: Torsten Schwick or physical attacks. That means they may no longer go to a certain bar or they may look for a new way home. Others become resilient and just try to live with it. In the long run, of course, that is a great burden. What measures are being taken by the state to combat hate crime? What is the community doing to make it more visible? The federal government recently launched a legislative package against hate crime. Although it‘s mainly about incidents on the Internet, it’s a start. On site, for example, the Baden-Württemberg police are trying to raise awareness of hate crimes in the community through training courses for employees and to appoint contact persons at the police specifically for queer issues – or so this is what I was told in an interview. But there is more that can and must be done. I cannot understand why, for example, the amendment to Article 3 in the constitution to protect queer people is taking so long. Personally, I think that in recent years awareness of hate crime attacks in the community has also created strong bonds. There is a lot of solidarity within the scene, hopefully that will soon have an even greater impact on the outside world. Foto: COMMUNITY In the podcast, Baden-Württemberg is mentioned as an “emerging country” in terms of acceptance for LGBTIQ*. Why do you say that? Baden-Württemberg was governed very conservatively for many decades, so queer issues hardly played a role in politics – and so there was little money from the state for these issues. Of course, there have long been associations and other institutions that campaigned for queer people, but there was little support from the government. This all then changed in 2011, when the green-socialist state government was elected. Only then, for example, was the LSBTTIQ Baden-Württemberg network founded. What topics can we look forward to in the next episodes? In the second episode in June we are looking to investigate the following question: “Why are they still not letting us play?”. Here, we want to focus on queer athletes in professional sport and question why the sport sector in particular is often such a difficult environment for queer people. And in July, in time for the CSD season, we want to scrutinize why we still have to march the streets for our rights. (ts,mb) AIDS-Hilfe Baden-Württemberg e.V. Königstraße 2 70173 Stuttgart CHECK BADEN-WÜRTTEMBERG #1 15

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