You are welcome here!

First of all, nice that you exist and that you are here. Your being with all your feelings is welcome here. You are not wrong for who you are and wanting to be who you are. You can be angry, sad, frustrated, lonely, stressed, anxious, dissatisfied, overwhelmed... All of this is welcome, allowed to take up space and is correct! 

It's incredibly nice to see that you feel that and stand up for yourself. That takes a lot of courage. First of all, you can say thank you for that. Thank you for making me feel and standing up for me! You have taken an important step! We want to support you! 

That's why you'll find some free contact points here if you've experienced discrimination.

Queer-sensitive, intersectional counseling via email and phone (Mon-Thurs 9 a.m.-3 p.m.). Also immediate legal help, explanations and studies on the subject of discrimination. Clear website in German, plain language, English, Arabic, sign language.

Email advice on legal issues in German and English. LSVD: Anti-discrimination association that sees it as its task to support lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender and intersex people (LGBTI) if they want to defend themselves against discrimination and assert their rights. 

Psychological counseling by email and phone (Mon, Wed, Thu 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.). Also personal advice and group offers in Cologne. Language mediation possible on request.

Psychosocial counseling by email and Messenger in the Appstore (... -and Messenger) around the clock. Peer-to-peer counseling by young, trained counselors for young people up to the age of 27. 

Clear guide to reporting to the police when queer people experience insults, attacks or online hate speech. Advertising is easier and more effective than is often assumed.

If you would like PAQT to become personally active or if you haven't found the right contact point yet: We pass on more than 50 queer offers of help in 15 languages and help with our own projects and campaigns that are directed against the system or the institution in general (especially problems with power structures such as school, police, work, etc.).

Paul (PAQ Team)

"Looking the other way, being silent and doing nothing are not neutral. Not intervening has the consequence that discrimination is normalized and trivialized and thus assumed to be 'natural'."