Building LGBTQ+ Communities in Germany and the United States

Tuesday, November 14 - 19, 2023

Past, Present, and Future

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. This AGI project fosters cross-cultural exchange with participants from diverse backgrounds by sharing personal testimonies, successes and failures, and best practices through week-long study tours in the United States and Germany.


Building LGBTQ+ Communities in Germany and the United States will build and deepen relationships between LGBTQ+ community representatives from Germany and the United States; increase understanding of shared struggles and successes in the past, present, and future; and foster expertise on LGBTQ+ issues in the transatlantic context through sharing organizational and policy best practices on both sides of the Atlantic. Participants represent the diverse, intersectional, and intergenerational LGBTQ+ community. Through policy briefs, articles, and multimedia presentations, this project will reach a wide audience in both countries, not only in the LGBTQ+ communities, but also among other minority groups, the general public, as well as policy makers, generating innovative cross-cultural results with great public and policy impact.

The focus will be threefold. First, looking to the past, the project will address how the history of the community is told and commemorated. Second, AGI will delve into the current status of LGBTQ+ individuals from policy, social, health and cultural perspectives. Finally, the project will look to the future, to identify where further advancement is necessary and how additional progress could come about.


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)), the AGI Harry & Helen Gray Humanities Program and funds from The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF).

Organizations with which the project participants will engage:

  • Office of Multicultural Affairs, Orlando Mayor's Office
  • GRACE - Now
  • Walt Disney Company
  • The Center - Orlando
  • Miami Design Preservation League
  • Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chmaber of Commerce
  • Stonewall National Museum Archives and Library