“Open to ALL:” 23 Munich children’s and youth clubs have now been labeled as LGBTI* friendly

City councilor Christian Vorländer (5th from right) honored LGBTI*-friendly facilities for children and young people on behalf of the city. Eight were the first to receive the “Open to ALL” label, and five others were able to renew their certification. A total of 23 Munich children and youth centers use the seal to show that they are also open to young lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and interracial groups. Photo: © KJR / Bernhard Rutzmoser

The action alliance “We are the future” has for the fifth time awarded LGBTI*1-friendly facilities for children and young people.

After a two-year Corona break, the “Open for ALL” label was handed out again on October 4, 2022 in the M10 City youth center in Maxvorstadt. City council member Christian Vorländer handed out the certificates to eight institutions for open child and youth work.

The facility Cul-tureClouds eV (Saarstraße 7), the Feierwerk radio station (Margarete-Schütte-Lihotzky-Straße 36), Quax – center for leisure and cultural education (Helsinkistraße 100), the cultural meeting place for children and young people Jump I (Kristallstrasse 8a) , the children and youth center Kunterbunt KUBU (Am Glockenbach 14), SBZ am Hart (Arnauer Strasse 5), 103er Freizeittreff Obergiesing (Perlacher Strasse 103) and the host youth club M10City (Maessmannstrasse 10).

The certificate is awarded for a period of four years, after which the institutions must apply again. IMAL / International Munich Art Lab (Rupprechtstrasse 29), Feierwerk Südpolstation (Gustav-Heinemann-Ring 19), Neuland leisure center (Neuherbergstrasse 90), Aubinger Tenne (Ubostrasse 9) and the children’s and youth club ZeitFrei (Kurt-Eisner-Strasse 28).

This means that 23 Munich children’s and youth clubs and organizations can now call themselves “Open for ALL”. In doing so, they show that they are particularly aware of the life situation and needs of LGBTI* young people, and that premises, offers and educational offers are also deliberately open to young lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and interpersonal groups. The “Open for ALL” seal makes this visible both inside and outside.

Councilor Vorländer said it was important to offer children and young people safe spaces, especially in light of current anti-LGBTI* attacks. He thanked staff for their commitment to making their facilities truly “open to all”.

The certificate is awarded to facilities for open child and youth work that have checked their educational staff, their communication and the facility’s overall image for specified standards.

These were developed by a working group in which, in addition to the members of the action alliance “We are the future” (Munich City Youth Council, München Trichter, Fachforum Freizeitstätten), the City’s Youth Office and the Coordination Center for Same-Sex Lifestyles were represented.

The standards include, for example, that at least one member of the educational team has participated in special training on the life situation of LGBTI* young people, that events take place in the facility in collaboration with LGBTI* projects and initiatives, that the entire team of the institution continuously deals with the subject LGBTI* or that the topic is included in the institution’s annual goals.

“The way the institutions handle the standards triggers an important process in the educational teams. They reflect on what they say and do and place even more emphasis on a welcoming culture in their home,” says Bernhard Rutzmoser, representative for boys*, young men* and LGBTI* at the Munich-City District Youth Council (KJR).

“Our aim for the next few years is to further develop our facilities, their premises, their offers and their educational initiatives or to further sensitize them to create even safer and more open spaces for the young LGBTI* community,” said the deputy. KJR chairman Leander Gerl at the distribution of the certificates. “Through our work and our dealings with each other and with children, young people and young adults, we want to show that we welcome all young people and that we do not tolerate discrimination either in language or in action.”

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