Goal

The legal and factual equality of LGBTIQ people in the city of Bern in every area of life.

Policy

The City of Bern is actively pursuing the equality of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) people. To this end, it extended the mandate of its Office for Gender Equality and created a new project leader position in 2018. The mandate includes promoting equality both within the municipal administration as well as in the population at large. The implementation will ensue by means of the Action Plan 2019-2022, which specifies measures to promote the equality of women and men and LGBTIQ people

Focus areas

• Incorporate LGBTIQ issues into all political fields
• Become known and and act as a LGBTIQ-friendly employer
• Provide LGBTIQ-inclusive services
• Raise awareness for LGBTIQ matters and provide information and counselling within the municipal administration and to the population
• Engage in exchange and collaborate with local and national NGOs in the LGBTIQ field

Collaboration partners

National organisations: Lesbenorganisation Schweiz (LOS), Pink Cross, Schweizer Dachverband der schwulen und bi Männer*, Transgender Network Switzerland TGNS, Dachverband Regenbogenfamilien, InterAction - Association pour les intersexes, Aromantisches und Asexuelles Spektrum Schweiz, fels – Freundinnen, Freunde und Eltern von Lesben und Schwulen, Milchjugend, «Du-bist-Du», Beratungs- und Informationsplattform

Local organisations: WyberNet Bern – Netzwerk für engagierte lesbische Berufsfrauen, Network Bern – gay leadership, HAB queer Bern, ABQ Schulprojekt Bern

Financial support of the LGBT+ counselling provided by Aids Hilfe Bern’s (AHBE) Checkpoint, regular exchange with “Fachgruppe trans Bern” (a network of professional psychotherapists and psycholo-gists in the Bern area who specialise in transgender matters).
City of Zurich, City of Geneva, Schweizerische Konferenz der Gleichstellungsbeauftragten (SKG; equa-lity.ch), Interdisziplinäres Zentrum für Geschlechterforschung Universität Bern (IZFG), Schweizerisches Kompetenzzentrum für Menschenrechte (SKMR).

Contact

Marianne Kauer, marianne.kauer@bern.ch (LGBTIQ project leader)
Barbara Krattiger, barbara.krattiger@bern.ch (head of the Office for Gender Equality)