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AGI announces new project on LGBTQ+ community-building

Building a Smarter German-American Partnership

The American-German Institute is pleased to announce a new three-year project, “Building LGBTQ+ Communities in Germany and the U.S.: Past, Present, and Future.” Through week-long study tours in Germany and the United States, the project fosters cross-cultural exchange, builds networks between LGBTQ+ communities, and increases expertise on LGBTQ+ issues in the transatlantic context.

LGBTQ+ individuals and their communities have been organizing to assert their rights for over a century, especially in Germany and the United States—two countries that were early pioneers and that have currently achieved more equality than many other places. But many challenges still persist, especially as a backlash to greater LGBTQ+ rights has been visible in both countries. A comparative examination of the history, present, and future of LGBTQ+ rights will generate new understandings, leadership skills, and policy lessons for both countries and many others around the world.

AGI is recruiting fourteen participants (seven from Germany, seven from the United States) for the first program year, which will take place November 14-19, 2023, in Orlando, Florida, and April 16-21, 2024, in Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia. Participants will be selected from all corners of the diverse LGBTQ+ community and AGI is particularly keen to select individuals from a variety of age groups also to foster inter-generational learning. Not only will participants increase their knowledge base, leadership skills, and professional networks, but a series of deliverables—articles, podcasts, story boards, and policy briefs will be produced and widely disseminated in both countries and beyond. Applications are due September 10, 2023.

Contact Susanne Dieper, AGI Director of Programs and Grants, at with any questions regarding the project. This program is generously funded by the Transatlantik-Programm der Bundesrepublik Deutschland aus Mitteln des European Recovery Program (ERP) des Bundesministeriums für Wirtschaft und Klimaschutz (BMWK) (Transatlantic Program of the Federal Republic of Germany with Funds through the European Recovery Program (ERP) of the Federal Ministry for Economics and Climate Action (BMWK)) and the AGI Harry & Helen Gray Humanities Program.

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