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Alex Baur
Julian Mars
Eva Medusa Gühne
Aşkın-Hayat Doğan
Florian Appelius
Peter Schulze
Andrea Schmidt
Jens Schadendorf
Julia Monro
Frank Biehler
Tim-Fabian Hoffmann
Sven Serkis
Kadir Özdemir
Michèle Lichtenstein
Lara Keilbart
Rumo Wehrli
Adel Onodi
Andrim Emini
Melina Seiler
Jörn Grosse
Anne Roemeth
Kathy Peters
Markus Tomczyk
Benedict Weskott
André Kraft
Michael Gugel
Dominik Bliefert
Barbie Breakout
Claudia Artner
Patricia Hempel
Eva Maria Jost
Oliver Broumis
Andreas Hammer
Laurean Wagner
Jonas Gross
Fionna Frank
Lukas Hansen
Stephan Phin Spielhoff
Noah Anderson
Jim Baker
Lili Krasteva
Ulrich Matthes
Patrick Hess
Marvin Wiechert
Max Weiland
Stefan Mey
Laura Tamoj
Dominik Djialeu
Roland Ascheid
Alexander Tschernek
Bastian Trost
Jan Krüger
Jonas Breitstadt
Sabine Bernardi
Finn Valentin Nachfolger
Nicola-Rabea Langrzik
Fabian Schrader
Mario Högemann
Christian Bojidar
Fabian Baecker
Jan Trautmann
René Cheng
Marcus Jürgen Zollfrank
Jemima Milano
Michael Rühl
Dieter Rita Scholl
Carmen Yasemin Zehentmeier
Sonja Hilberger
Michaela Dudley
Maurizio Onano
Stephan Bürgi
André Hansen

About us 

7,4%

of the people living in Germany refer to themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans.

The unreported number is estimated at 10%. (And the cited study "Counting the LGBT population" of 2016 does not even capture inter* persons or the gender fluid community!)

The media in no way represent that!

As part of a study on "Audiovisual Diversity" published in 2017
Prof. Dr. Elizabeth Prommer of the University Rostock stated:
"The German TV [and cinema] is heterosexual!"

The survey "Vielfalt im Film" ("Diversity in Film"), co-initiated by the Queer Media Society in 2019 and supported by a broad alliance of industry representatives, associations and initiatives of marginalized groups, takes a first and important step towards a nationwide survey on diversity and discrimination experiences of filmmakers in front of and behind the camera. The first results have now been published.

There are no representative surveys regarding the music, advertising and games industry, the print media, publishing and stage entertainment in German speaking regions yet.

This has to change!

What
we
want

More LGBTTIQ*-topics and players in the media by taking into consideration a code of practice regarding the topics:

  • gender
  • gender transition
  • sexual identity and orientation
  • ethnic origin
  • disability/impairment
  • body positivity
  • diversity of age
  • religion and world view
  • socioeconomic and cultural background

The promotion of a diverse and equality-oriented working environment in media companies and institutions

To promote
visibility
 and representation
of 
queer people
and their relation- and partnerships.

The goal is to enable a minority to proportionately be part of decision making about personnel decisions, contents and topics and in the media to portray the reality of life.
Only by being present in everyday working life and making it visible in the media beyond stereotypical depictions can it be possible to successfully bring other lifeworlds closer to the heteronormalized working environment and audience and bring about acceptance, knowledge and social acceptance, as well as keeping it.

We therefore demand, that 7% of the regular output of all media productions cover LGBTTIQ* contents and characters.

In human resource management of media companies – not only regarding the creative crew – concepts of diversity must be introduced or refined and full-time diversity officers must be nominated.

In order to enforce our demands on a personnel level, it is however essential that as many as possible queer people come out themselves.
We ask all media professionals to do this!

The structural goal of the QMS is to provide the following media sections:

ADVERTISING
FILM / TV / WEB / RADIO (fictional/non-fictional)
GAMES
JOURNALISM (text/image)
LITERATURE / GRAPHIC NOVEL / PUBLISHING
MUSIC
STAGE / EVENT

To this end the first working committees are currently being set up. On the one hand they are to work out the bases for corresponding study concepts, the results of which will frame our list of demands to media management and governments. And on the other hand, they are to develop and offer creative, practical suggestions, handouts with recommendations and workshops for our queer visibility in the respective fields.

Networking is important! The feedback on the founding of the QMS even more proved how important the need for personal and professional networking and exchange is​​​. But we are not an agency for queer media professionals or a job exchange!

Find out who already is part of our network in the German version.



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