The LGBT Community and their fundamental questions

With the feminist revolution, Western society is developing towards greater gender equality, at least legally. The traditional gap between men and women has become much vaguer than before. The antifeminine norm no longer serves to define masculinity. That’s why we talk about a crisis of masculinity. Paradoxically, homophobia continues to be widespread. Researchers at the University of Geneva

shown that many men turn to homophobia to reinforce their masculinity and compensate for the feminization of men in society. “It’s a networked system,” says Professor Falomir of the University of Geneva. By reducing the importance of the antifeminine norm, men compensate for this by emphasizing the importance of the norm of heterosexuality, which is why homophobia is an alternative way to reinforce their masculinity.

Seeing how much the status of homosexuals has changed is enough to put their struggles in perspective. It was not until 1942 that adult homosexuality was decriminalized in Switzerland. Until 1973 in the US and until 1992 in France it was considered a mental disorder, on the same level as schizophrenia or depression. Today, gay activists campaign for the right to marry or adopt. Thirty years ago, her claims were about accepting her criminally depressed and stigmatized sexuality.

The pictures and comments below are taken from the exhibition of the University of Geneva from the end of 2018 on the subject of LGBT.

LGBT Familie Beratung intermedio.ch

I have always had the desire to have children, but thought that this was not consistent with my homosexuality and agreed not to become a parent. When Matteo came up with this idea, I thought he was a madman. I said, “You are really crazy …”. The dream came true.

VITTORIO
Milano, in their house
3rd of April 2018

LGBT Arbeitsplatz intermedio.ch

In the streets of Zurich: sometimes furtive kisses, caresses, expressions of tenderness. Homosexual couples show more and more their orientation in public.

Zürich, Central

LGBT Fuehrungsberatung intermediär.ch

At puberty, it became more difficult with the others, in terms of the body and the rest. It was really hard, it was even a terrible time. Well, society dares to discuss harassment at school, whereas before there was nothing at all. We were molested in the school, were fucked and off you go. We did not tell anyone and then the next one came and it went on.

JOHANNA

Geneva, at home

14. April 2018

LGBT Conseil intermedio.ch

I felt very disconnected and was quickly put aside. I do not expect anyone to do anything for me. I want to go to town like everyone else and be quiet. After a while, I asked myself, “Why should others more than me have the right to be on the street?” And it triggered a kind of liberation in my head. If they insult me now, I laugh. and I go on.

RÉMY

Geneva, at home,

14th  April 2018

LGBT interkulturelle Berarung intermedio.ch

I understood that what I lived, my homosexuality, was not a flaw, that there were feelings, that there was love and that I had as many rights as anyone else to live in my own way, what I am doing now. I fought for the visibility of homosexuals because it was completely out of the question for me to become a teacher who lives his homosexuality like that between two chairs, three tables and four elevators, no! I could not accept it.

JEAN-PIERRE

Geneva, in the offices of PVA

8th of May 2018

LGBT fuer Fuerungskraefte intermedio.ch

Already at my first relationship with a girl I stood for myself. Then it became clear to me. So I could not stay in the shadows anymore because I could not tolerate to show something that was not me. Now I am a whole, I am Selima, lesbian, and stand for myself. I will not lie about my identity anymore. In any case, I no longer have the strength to hide my identity.

SÉLIMA

Geneva, at its first co-rented apartment,

15th of April 2018

LGBT Coaching intermedio.ch

Bisexuality is a sexual orientation that today is largely ignored. There are many cases where the behavior of bisexual people is classified as gay or heterosexual.

Queer is very hard to define. These are all things that differ from the norm and question the term “norm”. Everything that is the idea of something normal is called into question. As a result, queer can become even more queer, in the sense that there are even heterosexuals who see themselves as questioning the idea of binaries or categories such as hetero, homo, bisexual, lesbian, and so on … Queer is everything and nothing at the same time.

NICCOLO und KWAKU

Geneva, Bois de la Batie

15th of April 2018

LGBT interkulturelle Beratung intermedio.ch

A doctor said to me, “You are a mutant.” For me, who has a passion for science fiction, that sounds pretty exciting because I say to myself: “Ah, I knew there was a difference with me, that’s it, now I have the floor for what I am “. It’s unfair to say “normal”, it’s not a word I like. I find it disgusting to hear that “you are not normal”. What does that mean, you’re not normal? In fact, normalizing means judging according to your own lifestyle.

EDWARD

Genf, Promenade der Kiefern

  1. April 2018
LGBT Beratung intermedio.ch

Nach sehr harten Jahren in der Türkei fühle ich mich in der Schweiz sehr sicher, aber ich habe hier auch Beispiele für Homophobie und Fremdenfeindlichkeit, das ist sehr verwirrend.

FURKAN

Genf, Les Pâquis

21. April 2018

LGBT am Arbeitsplatz intermedio.ch

Ich befürchte, dass die Rechte von LGBTIQ + -Leuten und nicht nur von Schwulen und Lesben nur in Toleranz gegenüber denjenigen Menschen gelten, die der Norm am ähnlichsten sind. Ich merke schon, dass Weiße und gute Familien viel mehr akzeptiert werden als andere.

Meloe

Genf, Kaffee im Quartier,

28. März 2018