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So how queer can a small town like Lucerne be?

Well, there is an active LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans, Queer) community with various offerings. Events take place at venues across town. There is not a specifically queer bar year- round as such, but plenty of variety so you can find your crowd.

Queerbad, a gathering organized by Queer Office, takes place each Tuesday at Neubad at 20:00. At the same venue, TransZentral meet on the first Tuesday of each month at 19:00 and join the Queerbad table later on. It is not a closed-off/safe space as such, but more aims to achieve visibility in what is a popular café/bar.

Now in its 17th year, the PinkPanorama FilmFestival takes place in November each year at Stattkino in the Bourbaki building and includes the PinkBar and a festival party, which becomes a cross-generational meeting place during the festival. International films are shown in their original language and with German subtitles.

For a younger crowd, Milchbar takes place every second Wednesday in Treibhaus Luzern and is a collaboration between the nationally active Milchjugend and local collective Kopfkino.

The more commercial, long-running, primarily male Frigay takes place on the third Friday of each month at El Cartel.

On a more serious note, people who experience hate crimes based on their sexual orientation or gender identity can get support and report incidents via the LGBT+ helpline.

The Central Switzerland branch of S&X offer sexual health advice, information, and support as well as various teaching materials for schools.
The LiLi Centre is also a safe space and Dr Brandi Eijsermans is a community psychologist and LGBTQ+ ally who consults there.
Aside from the regular dating apps and platforms, Purple Moon is a user-friendly Swiss platform, which went online in 2002 and is still popular today.

By Kathy Bajaria

Co-curator of the PinkPanorama FilmFestival and project manager at Helvetiarockt

Charlie Hartmann is the managing director of the Livingin organisation which focuses on helping international residents connect, grow and thrive in Switzerland.