Creating safer spaces for LGBTQ migrants of colour in Bremen

Author: Stephanie Alvarez

This article is part of Changing the Narrative. Articles in this series are written by student or early career journalists who took part in The Local’s training course on solutions-focused migration reporting. Find out more about the project here.

Facing discrimination on multiple fronts, activists in Bremen created Queeraspora: a group where LGBTQ+ people with a migration background can embrace all aspects of their identities.

“I was like: Oh fuck! It’s the solution! I can connect it. I don’t have to be or queer or migrant. I can be both,” says Cristina.

Before joining Queeraspora she was always the misfit: in migrant groups because of being queer, in queer groups because of being a migrant. Moving to Bremen to study nautical science, she was looking for a group to join and found Queeraspora, a group of queer BIPoC (Black, Indigenous and People of Colour), via Google.

Its name is a combination of the umbrella terms ‘queer’ and ‘diaspora’, an attempt to express the internal diversity of two discriminated against minorities: the LGBTQ+ community, and people who don’t live where their families came from, whether refugees, migrants or descendants of migrants to Germany who are not considered white or Germans.

 

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