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University of Basel


Universität Basel, Diversity & Inclusion, LGBTIQ+
Universität Basel, Diversity & Inclusion, LGBTIQ+

For the appreciation and support of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, inter and other queer persons (LGBTIQ+) as well as to protect this Community against discrimination the University of Basel promotes the visibility and recognition of gender and sexual diversity.

We are committed to designing strategies and structures that disclose, eliminate and prevent discrimination. At the University of Basel, all individuals, regardless of their backgrounds of experience and life situations, should find a place where they can learn, teach and work without discrimination.

We perceive the diversity of university members as a great potential for innovation and therefore do not tolerate any discrimination in the context of gender identity and sexual orientation.

Mailing List LGBTIQ+

The LGBTIQ+ mailing list provides the latest news on LGBTIQ+ matters at the university, as well as opportunities to network and share information with one another. Join our mailing list!


What does LGBTIQ+ stand for?

The abbreviation LGBTIQ+ stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, inter and queer people, the "+" is a placeholder for other gender identities. This collective term combines on the one hand the dimension of sexual orientation and on the other hand the dimension of gender diversity.




  • trans

    The term trans refers to people whose gender identity does not match, or does not fully match, the gender they were assigned at birth. This includes people who do not want to or are unable to come out or do not seek to transition. The terms transgender or trans identity are also used; the term 'transsexuality' is outdated and is often perceived as discriminatory because it is linked to the pathologization of trans people.

    A trans woman was classified as a boy at birth, a trans man as a girl; however, these classifications do not correspond to the inner knowledge of these persons.

    Trans people deal with their gender identity very differently. Regardless of how clearly they appear as male or female in their outward appearance, how "masculine" or "feminine" they behave, or whether they have sought medical intervention: Trans people are all those who do not clearly identify with the gender identity assigned to them at birth.

    The names and pronouns preferred by trans people should be respected and used by all, even in their absence.

  • intersex

    The term intersex gathers under itself people with intersex physicalities. Intersex persons are born with physical sex characteristics that are female and male at the same time, not quite female or male, or neither female nor male. Congenital variations in sex characteristics may be differentially expressed, at the level of internal and/or external genitalia. In many cases, the chromosomes and hormonal structure then do not conform to social and medical expectations. Intersexuality can show up at birth, but also at puberty or later in life.

  • Non binär

    Non-binary people feel neither male nor female. Their gender identity can have masculine or feminine parts, can lie somewhere in between, or locates itself outside of these categories. The term genderqueer is also used synonymously. In some countries (e.g. Germany and Austria), there is a third gender option at the level of official gender in addition to the categories of man and woman in the civil status register.

  • Cis

    The term cis people, names all those whose gender identity corresponds to the sex they were assigned at birth. Cis people also have a gender identity and use pronouns, but often these aspects are not addressed because they conform to societal expectations.

LGBTIQ+ at the University of Basel

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