Interview with Dr. Nina Reusch

We did an Interview with Dr. Nina Reusch, historian at the Friedrich-Meinecke-Institute in Berlin and member of the Public History Project “LSBTTIQ in Baden-Württemberg

  • What is the stand of research on the continuities of paragraph 175 after National Socialism?

Since the 1970s, considerable research has been done in the context of the homosexual emancipation movement. In the meantime, the subject is becoming more and more important in the academic circles as well, which is good not only for research, which can be broadened and diversified, but for the discipline of History as well, engaging now with queer questions and research topics.

  • Could you tell us a little bit about public history projects and the way queer history is being taught in German schools?

Overall, queer history is not included in the in German schools’ standard curriculum, but there are various projects that can be used as a starting point. Here, in Berlin, February is always the Queer History Month; during this time some school classes engage with queer history and other queer-related topics in terms of content or art. The project’s homepage offers lessons and materials for teachers who would like to bring queer topics into history lessons. Beyond school, public history projects also bring queer history to a general audience – such as the exhibition ‘Homosexualities’ in the Schwulen Museum* and the Deutsches Historisches Museum, or, as it is currently in Baden-Württemberg, Public History connects queer history to research projects. Last year, a project was launched that brings together research, public history and regional queer history creating opportunities for a greater participation.

  • What are your thoughts on the project by Minister Maas and the discussions on rehabilitation for victims of paragraph 175?

The rehabilitation of men who were convicted under paragraph 175 is a much welcomed and almost overdue project. A reasonable compensation for the victims of this homophobic legislation should also be implemented.

  • Do you think this project reflects the discussion on paragraph 175 in the German public space?

I think that before the announcement by the Minister of Justice, many people were not even aware that homosexual relationships among men were prosecuted for so long in the Federal Republic. The discussion has created a certain awareness and therefore it should be welcomed.

Acts and Artists at the 31st TEDDY AWARD

On February 17th, 2017 at 9.00 pm the festive TEDDY Award Ceremony will take place – and afterwards the big Backstage Party  and After Show Lounge begins! at Haus der Berliner Festspiele. Here, you will find a first overview over the artists that will be live on stage during the ceremony and at the party, and you will get a first impression of what to expect from that night.

Don’t forget to purchase your tickets here in advance.

Bettina Köster

Bettina Köster is a german singer and author who became internationally known with her band Malaria! and their indie hit Kaltes, klares Wasser. Her warm and deep voice stands in the tradition of smoky diseuses like Marianne Faithful, Nico or Marlene Dietrich. Her music is also influenced by wave music and early electronic music of the 80s.


Jack Woodhead

Singer, pianist and componist Jack Woodhead, the star of various variety-, burlesque-, and circus shows will be our host at this evening and will bring us a lot of joy with his piano performances.

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Saleh Yazdani

In a wild club-kid style he rides on a wooden rocking horse into a cold world full of concrete buildings and concrete heads. With the power of fantasy and his artistic handstands on the wooden rocking horse he triumphs against the tristesse of everyday life.

Saleh_Yazdani_©Andreas Durm

 VJ Alkis

VJ Alkis is a multimedia artist from Vienna and will be doing live visuals during the backstage party.

VJ-Alkis_photo: Gregor-Hofbauer_
VJ-Alkis_photo: Gregor-Hofbauer_


 Kerstin Ott

Kertin Ott is a DJane who is highly in demand all over Germany. With a mix of modern dance pop and a typically German sound, Kerstin fought her way up to the second place in the chart and stayed in the Top 10 for 25 weeks in 2015. She is currently on tour in support of her latest album ‘Herzbewohner’.



more to come. stay tuned

The special TEDDY Award 2017 goes to Monika Treut

The Special TEDDY Award goes to a filmmaker who contributed extraordinary merits for the characterization of queer film making over the years. Last year the US American producer Cristine Vachon received this award.

Monika Treut coined as an director, producer and writer not only the feminist and lesbian cinema since the 80´s, but also the german-speaking independent film scene and inspired as an pioneer the New Queer Cinema to the US American Indie film. The courageousness and the critical approach of her topics and asthetics are closely related to the liberating energies of the Mao-Spontex movement of the 70´s. Her documentary Gendernauts won the TEDDY-Award in 1999 as Best Documentary and audience awards all over the world.

Since her feature film debut with Elfi Mikesch, Verführung: Die grausame Frau, more then 12 of her movies have been presented at the Berlinale.

On the occasion of the award ceremony within the 31st TEDDY Awards, Panorama shows her second feature film, the classic die Jungfrauenmaschine from 1989.

The jury of the MÄNNER reader´s award 2017

This year we will have again the MÄNNER reader´s award at the TEDDY AWARD, which will be presented by the readers´s jury and is endowed with a prize money of 1000 Euro, which should be used by the filmmakers to push new film projects forward.

From a huge selection of candidacies there were four character heads chosen, which you can have a look at here.

The prize of the MÄNNER-jury got named HARVEY, after one of the most important activists of the LGBTI history, Harvey Milk.

The AWARD CEREMONY takes place at Friday, 17.02.2017. The Award Ceremony starts at 21:00 & the After Show Lounge & TEDDY BACKSTAGE PARTY starts at 23:00