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This part of the website is about what everyone can do to make diversity more visible, in order to help different lifestyles of sexual identity and orientation become respected and supported in our society. We have gathered information to encourage thinking about, and raise awareness of, queer living.

Daily Life

How are homosexual, bisexual, transgender, or intersex humans talked about? What descriptions or language are used to define or degrade people?

We wish, hope and work for: to listen, pay attention and react to discrimination. No matter if these are spoken unknowledgeably or ignorantly, or if they are excused with "It's just youth language - I didn't mean anything by it!".

At school, in college, or at work, with friends, with family, or even on the street, respectful treatment of others is unfortunately not yet standard.

In your work as an AFS volunteer

In 2011, AFS Germany decided to expand their policy, in order to stand up and to work against discrimination on the basis of sexual identity. The success of this implementation lies on every volunteer and staff member of AFS Germany. 

We are striving to remove any prejudice directed towards people of a different sexual identity and to react to any open discrimination, especially within the realm of intercultural exchange. This can be accomplished by us talking about sexuality, recognizing and accepting personal boundaries, and finally, tolerating, and even embracing, the variety of lifestyles within Germany. 

In the 'Downloads' section of the AFS volunteer and staff website, www.afser.de, are all the documents from QueerExchange that we think could be helpful. There, as well as here, can you find our collection of queer games and the feedback forms. The queer games collection includes methods and games for use in all areas of program work, be it preparation, or halfway camp with students, or volunteer work.