Munich probes into its LGBTI+ history

Collection appeal

The Münchner Stadtmuseum, the Stadtarchiv München (Munich City Archives) and forum homosexualität münchen e.V. - Lesben und Schwule in Geschichte und Kultur (lesbians and gays in history and culture) have jointly launched an appeal to collect objects and documents relating to Munich City’s LGBTI+ history, past and present.

The Münchner Stadtmuseum and Stadtarchiv München are, in a sense, the city’s cultural and material memory, displaying many different facets of Munich’s development and multiple cultures. By opening up their collections to more recent issues affecting Munich’s diverse urban society, they are breaking new ground. Themes such as migration, people living on the edge, mobility and LGBTI+ issues have not featured prominently in urban documentation heretofore.

For this reason, we are particularly happy on this occasion to work in partnership with forum homosexualität münchen e.V., which has, for almost 20 years now, devoted its archiving and networking energies to LGBTI+ issues. It is our intention to cooperate closely, further develop and professionalize the Munich LGBTI+ history collection, and expand and organize our collection of records and objects. Our goal is to curate the history of the Munich LGBTI+ community and display it as an intrinsic part of Munich city life in all its diversity.

Traffic-light icons, © Kreativpiloten GmbH, Vienna 2015, Münchner Stadtmuseum
T-shirt „Rosa Liste – Für dich. Für München. Für alle.“ (Rosa Liste - for you. For Munich. For all.), Munich 2016, Münchner Stadtmuseum
Postcard „Klappe auf! Schwule Träume am Holzplatz.“ (Open up! Gay dreams at Holzplatz.), © Anti-Gewalt-Projekt in Sub e.V., design by Petra Perle, Munich 1998, Stadtarchiv München
Flyer „our munich* gay. kitchen.“, © Betty Productions, Munich 2003, Stadtarchiv München
Matchbooks and lighters from bars in the Munich gay scene, Munich 1995-2005, Münchner Stadtmuseum
Protest sign „Lesben“ (Lesbians) for Christopher Street Day, Munich around 1995, forum homosexualität e.V.
Magazine „Lesbenpresse Nr.3“ (Lesbian press No. 3), Munich 1976, forum homosexualität e.V.
Entrance sign "Gay Bar BAU", Munich around 2005, Münchner Stadtmuseum

Documenting and visualizing LGBTI+ history

We would welcome loans or donations of personal mementos and everyday items, photos, video and audio recordings, flyers, leaflets, posters, stickers, transparencies, banners, invitations, admission tickets, diaries, clothing and any other records and objects which have been and continue to be significant to the life of the LGBTI+ communities and the lesbian-feminist women’s movement in Munich.

In addition to private possessions, we are interested in objects and records documenting the development of the LGBTI+ communities and the work of associations, centers, initiatives and networks in Munich. We would also like to receive documentation which enables us to visualize bars, shops and other important places which have been and continue to be important for this scene.

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us!

Do you know any people who would like to share their memories? Would you like to help preserve and provide a visual record of Munich’s LGBTI+ history?

Maybe you still have a protest poster or pamphlet from demonstrations for LGBTI+ rights? A souvenir of a bar that was used as a meeting point but closed long ago? An item of clothing you wore for your wedding or partnership ceremony, or was your favorite going-out outfit?

If so, please contact us directly, or tell your friends and acquaintances about our project! We look forward to hearing from you.

Project „Munich probes into its LGBTI+ history“
E-mail: lgbti.geschichte(at)
Phone +49-(0)89-233-20616


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