Queerfeminist peer support

The counseling service has been staffed again since the beginning of June.

For whom was and is the peer support?

The queerfeminist peer support was originally a counseling and information facility for FLINTA* (1). However, since gay counseling currently no longer exists, queerfeminist peer support is for all queer and questioning/LGBTQIA+ (2) people.

Support from queers for queers

Currently, peer support takes place from the perspective of an endosex, genderqueer/non-binary trans* person. The person describes their own sexuality as queer and is questioning in multiple dimensions (including sexual and romantic orientation). 

Counseling

Queerfeminist peer support focuses on the diversity of gender (identity), sexual and romantic orientation. Being queer can be accompanied by difficulties due to external circumstances or inner exploratory processes. Counseling offers space to discuss these. We offer confidential support for transition and coming out, or we can talk about our experiences with being queer at the FU and in Berlin.

We are also open to questions about good teachers (at FU), therapists, doctors, lawyers, etc. and will do our best to advise you and, if necessary, give you contact addresses of experts. 

However, since we do not have any legal or psychotherapeutic qualifications, we can usually only provide support.

At the same time, the focus should not only be on difficulties. We are also here to tell you about queer-friendly venues to party at, workshops, special counseling centers or groups for exchange that relate to specific identities of the queer spectrum.

Pinky

Outside of counseling hours, our room under the roof of the AStA-Villa is open to women, lesbians, trans*, genderqueer, agender and inter* people. In short: to all who do not identify as dya (3) cis (4) men. You can use the Pinky during ASTA's opening hours. If it is locked, you can ask for the key at the office.

Library

In the Pinky there is a small but nice library, a number of exciting publications and magazines. Here you can browse through books, read comfortably, have a cup of tea or coffee, or chat with us.

You are welcome to come with your own book requests. We will try to realize them. Many of the books can also be borrowed.

During the consultation time, we are happy to assist with term papers or other academic work on feminist, lesbian-feminist, or queer topics, as well as various other focuses, if possible.

Barriers

The room is unfortunately not barrier-free, as there are several narrow stairs to get up here. Please contact us by mail and we will find a more suitable location for the meeting!

We can also talk on the phone or meet in a virtual room if needed. 

We are looking forward to your visit!

 

Consultation hours during the semester break (summer 2022)

Counseling will be on vacation from July 25 to August 14.

On-site appointments (Asta Villa): 8/17, 8/24, 8/31, 9/7, 9/14, 9/28, 1-4pm each, and by appointment (also available at other locations).

Contact:
Tel: (030) 839091-22 (phone is currently disconnected, please email!).

Email: ps-queerfem (at) astafu.de

 

 

(1) FLINTA* is an acronym for female, lesbian, inter*, non-binary, trans* and agender persons. 

(2) LGBTQIA+ is an acronym for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer/Questioning, Inter, Agender, the + symbolizes other sexual and gender identities not explicitly mentioned.

(3) Dya(dix) or endosex describes the congruence of biological characteristics with respect to the constructed biological sex (female/male). The characteristics used for classification are chromosomes, hormones, gonads, and genitalia. If these (based on medical standards) all point to the same sex, a person is endo. The opposite of this is inter*.

(4) You are cis(gender) if you identify with the gender assigned to you at birth (the opposite is trans*).