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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!


Pride Month: Aktuelles

Study: Sexual minorities experience more marginalisation in everyday life

Lesbian, gay and bisexual people experience marginalisation more frequently than heterosexual people. This is the result of a recent study by researchers from the University of Basel and the Rhineland-Palatinate University of Technology Kaiserslautern-Landau. Heterosexual people are also affected if they deviate from traditional gender roles.

Click here for the Uni-News article

Click here to go directly to the study: Christiane M. Büttner, Selma C. Rudert, and Sven Kachel
Ostracism experiences of sexual minorities: Investigating targets' experiences and perceptions by others.

LGBTIQ+ literature in the spotlight at the University Library locations

This year, the University Library Basel is taking part in Pride Month with a selection of books on LGBTIQ+ topics and people from all subject areas. To this end, the subject librarians at Basel University Library have compiled a list of interesting titles that will be prominently displayed on special themed shelves at the library over the next few weeks.

Click here for the blog post: LGBTIQ+ literature in the spotlight at the UB locations

Save the Date: Basel tickt bunt, 29 June 2024 

Following last year's success, the second Basel tickt bunt! festival will take place for the second time on 29 June, which is committed to equality and social acceptance of all LGBTQIA+ people and celebrates the diversity of the community in Basel. The motto of the day is ‘How colourful are you?’ and calls on everyone in Basel and the region to actively stand up for the rights and acceptance of LGBTQIA+ people.

Basel tickt bunt

Pride Month: Book recommendations from the Library of Gender Studies

Sébastien Tremblay: A Badge of Injury - The Pink Triangle as Global Symbol of Memory.

‘A Badge of Injury’ examines the trans-regional networks of gays and lesbians from the 1970s to the 2000s and emphasises the importance of Nazism, visual culture and memory in the queer Atlantic. It shows how queer history must be considered globally and visual elements must be included in the analysis to enable a deeper understanding of the transfer of ideas.

More Information here.

Beyond Diversity Queer Politics, Activism, and Representation in Contemporary Japan

Japan offers a unique context for queer studies without Christian-induced homophobia. Despite growing acceptance of same-sex marriage, Japan is the only G7 country that does not recognise same-sex partnerships and does not protect sexual minorities from discrimination. This volume fills a research gap by examining post-2000 political and cultural representations of sexual minorities in Japan and offering a new perspective on LGBTQ+ issues in Japan and East Asia in English.

More Information here

Gender in Research and Politics: Developments, Intersections and Perspectives

This book provides an overview of the theories and concepts used by social scientists to approach gender in their research, as well as case studies from anthropology, history, political science and sociology. Despite thematic diversity, the chapters share the conviction that the social sciences can do much to promote gender equality in society and politics. Regionally, the focus is on developments in the Caucasus, supplemented by perspectives from Spain, Albania and Indonesia.

More Information here.

Tanja Vogler: Das politische Subjekt des queeren Aktivismus.

Tanja Vogler analyses how the current queer political subject is constituted and what role identity politics play in this. Tanja Vogler analyses movement materials from queer institutions in German-speaking countries and conducts interviews with activists. She combines theory, movement history and empirical research in order to present the relationship between politics and identity in contemporary queer activism in a differentiated way.

More Information here.

Fleur Weibel: Die Praxis des Heiratens

The book examines how the emotionally and legally significant step of marriage is celebrated today and what this means for couples and society. It looks at the peculiar relationship between romanticised weddings and the reduction in the significance of marriage as an institution. Several research desiderata are addressed by differentiating between marriages and weddings and considering heterosexual and homosexual bridal couples.

More Information here.

Anna Babka: postcolonial-queer

The book focuses on concepts such as gender, postcolonial and queer and aims to contribute to the anchoring of gender studies, queer studies and postcolonial studies in literary and cultural studies. The first section offers overviews and insights into various fields of study, while the second section examines literary texts from the German-speaking world that thematise patriarchal and/or colonial discourses of power and perform and describe gender and cultural identities.

More Information here.

Geschlecht als Erfahrung: Theorien, Empirie, politische Praxis

The contributions explore the connection between (re)gendered experience, difference, alterity and otherness as well as the entanglement of (re)gendered experience and the physical body. They also examine the significance of the inexpressible for the experience of gendered modes of existence. In doing so, the authors put experience back on the agenda of gender studies and demonstrate its epistemological potential as a basis for critique and political practice from the perspectives of the humanities, cultural studies and social sciences.

More Information here.


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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