Status Queer is a non-profit working to inject new energy into the LGBTQ+ cultural scene here in Gothenburg. We long for community, and while there are exciting organisations and individuals all beavering away from Majorna to Angered, our community is fractured and scattered. We are fractured along lines of class, racialisation, age, ability, sexuality and gender identity. As LGBTQ+ people in this city we face different challenges, and so have wholly different experiences, knowledges and skills to offer. While society has warmed to some of us, others of us are still left sitting in the cold, the door shut in our faces. That’s why we need to unite. At Status Queer we know that culture has this power not only to unite but to embrace us, spur us on and help us kick down that closed door.

The route to a sustainable, unstoppable community is through radical and cutting edge culture. So buckle up Gothenburg, we’re igniting this queer and trans revolution and you can’t stop us.

We work transparently and accountabley. That’s why you’ll soon find our plans and applications online. Don’t hesitate to get in touch if you’ve got any questions.

Sam Message

Brexile seeking community-centric utopian fantasy realisation.

Drag-something, performance artist working with the surreal, the subversive and the political. Curator specialising in queer and feminist histories. Researcher of queering practice and theory. Evaluator and facilitator working with accessibility and engagement. Activist and active community member and socialite. All singing, all dancing, tours, workshops, happenings, installing exhibitions.

Kolbrún Inga Söring

My research explores the posibilities of using the body as an autonomous site of provocation, problematising cis-heteronormative ideals while questioning the deeply rooted ‘myth’ of masculine desire. Through the tool of autotheory I engage in a process of rethinking popular narratives by unpacking my own troubled relationship with said ideals and desires within a framework of self-representational body politics, body modification and politics of desire. My most recent project on this theme has been Rethinking the Little Mermaid. On top of that, I am working to highlight the multiplicities of LGBTQIABB+ communities and experiences through thematically curating Enqueery: Festival of Queer Curiosity.

The Queer Agenda is a network of LGBTQ+ artists, activists and community builders from across the Nordic and Baltic regions. As LGBTQ+ cultural producers, community builders and individuals we face innumerous and specific challenges. These challenges vary enormously depending on our cultural contexts and on our specific combination of intersections. That’s why we are bringing together voices, experiences and expertise from across these varied regions. We have faced so many different challenges and so we have learnt so many lessons. By bringing these lessons together we can ceepen our understandings of our experiences as LGBTQ+ individuals, skill eachother up and etch out a guiding path for the next generation of queer and trans moovers and shakers.

During 2021 this network is working collaboratively with LGBTQ+ actors, agents and organisations from across Gothenburg to produce Sparkplug.

Current partners include: Drin(INSIDE) Finland; Feminist Culture House, Finland; Speech Karaoke, Finland; Vilnius Queer Festival “Kreivės”, Lithuania; Romas Zabarauskas, Lithuania; Nuka Carmen Bisgaard, Greenland; Daniel Mariblanca, Norway.

Right now The Queer Agenda is no longer recruiting new partners but interested parties are strongly encouraged to get in touch for our 2022 and 2023 programmes.

How can we fabricate new social environments, stimulate new connections and shatter old boundaries? In this project we are playing the role of social engineer and we’re bringing together top-notch-talent from across the city and cutting edge collaborators from our network The Queer Agenda to do it. By bringing together top-quality trailblazers, we’re fanning the fires of queer revolution and smashing the bullshit barriers of segregation with a week of vibrant cultural programming.

This week of mouth-watering LGBTQ+ culture will be taking place in week 33 of 2020 at Galleri Box. Eye-catching events include performances, workshops, discussions, screenings, happenings and collaborative making.

As LGBTQ+ people in this city we are fractured. We need to come together, take up space and take our places. We need to heal, to energise, to organise, to dismantle and to rebuild. This starts here.

Are you based in Gothenburg and think there’s an exciting initiative or person we should know about? Get in touch! We want to reach out as far as we can to build an inclusive, radical unstoppable community.

More info coming soon!

– THIS IS THE QUEER BAR is currently on heitus due to the heightened corona situation in Gothenburg –

The image is purple and green, it is a poster for 'This is the Queer bar' it is mostly text which reads 'this is the queer bar'
The images shows a space with a fabric hanging on the right side towards the middle of a spit, there is a video of a fire on the wall, people are sitting around the space, there is a soft pink light in the space. This is from 'THIS IS THE QUEER BAR' IN FEBRUARY Social hangout after a screening for THIS IS THE QUEER BAR in February 2020

THIS IS THE QUEER BAR is a nomadic queer bar which had its start in the student kitchen at Valand in 2019. The aim was to create a space by and for local LGBTQ+ communities. A space that is safe, exciting and fun. A space where we build relationships, come together and find solidarity with each other.

Alcohol and drug use takes significant place in LGBTQ+ cultures, with many events and gatherings built up around hedonism. LGBTQ+ culture is frequently merged with LGBTQ+ party culture. While nightlife and all its delights are both a huge part of our histories and our contemporary culture, we realise the importance of making spaces where sobriety is welcomed and celebrated. That’s why at THIS IS THE QUEER BAR we offer a significant variety of non-alcoholic drinks. Alcoholic drinks are available on request but are not advertised. That’s also why THIS IS THE QUEER BAR offers a vareity of different activities including screenings, performances, poetry readings, drag shows and discussions as well as social space, music and dancing. This also allows us to cater to a variety of audiences and needs.

We are lucky enough to be supported by our community, whose generosity keeps us at Status Queer going. We create the space, bring the refreshments and provide the cutting edge culture and they keep the lights on with their donations.

All funds raised through the bar and its activities currently go towards Status Queer’s work with Sparkplug. If you would like to make a donation please see our fundraising section. Every krona helps!!

We take accessibility very seriously, in order to be as accessible as possible we are:

  1. Reserving spots in workshops specifically for our target groups. Offering to pay local transportation for those in our target groups who need it.
  2. Modifying the space to be as physically accessible as possible.
  3. Designating a ‘safe person’ and safer space at every event.

Right now we are working to develop our plans to be more accessible to hard of hearing and visually impaired people and will publish our plans as soon as possible. We thank you for your patience on this matter.

As a non-profit queer cultural project we rely on funding and fundraising efforts. A key part of our fundraising are our events like THIS IS THE QUEER BAR. Through events like these we not only claim space for LGBTQ+ communities and give LGBTQ+ individuals and their friends somewhere to gather, we are also able to raise funds for further activities.

On top of our own fundraising events we are currently seeking funding on the city, national, Nordic and European levels.

We work transparently and accountabley. That’s why you’ll soon find our plans and applications online. Don’t hesitate to get in touch if you’ve got any questions.

If you want to make a contribution to our activities please get in touch! Every single kronor takes us a step closer to the next radical queer and trans get together! We’re working to have a swish set up soon. In the meantime, email to make a donation.

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