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.

The image is a poster for ENQUEERY: Festival of Queer Curiosity, which later was cancelled. The poster shows that the festival was supposed to take place at Göteborgs Konsthall on 18-19th of april and that there was going to be an after party at Kolgruvan on the 18th. The background is a hairy surface. Poster for Enqueery 2020

Enqueery: Festival of Queer Curiosity, as the title suggests, wants to be curious: curious about the pure diversity of LGBTQIA+ identities and experiences. Kolbún Inga Söring created the festival in an effort to make visible these multiplicities whilst paying special attention to local and national performance artists, film makers, academics and a host of other creatives. This first edition of the festival takes inspiration from Söring’s own research which focuses on body modification and the politics of desire outside of cis-heteronormative imaginaries. For the festival, Söring invited artists and academics to come together to explore and question these themes of body modification and the politics of desire. This exploration is through public performances, lectures and screenings.

Topics and activities include: intersex self-representation, tattooing, post-gender consumerist imaginaries, surgical state violence on intersex bodies, hair as body modification, circumcision trauma, critical responses to body modification, racism and medical violence against non-binary people, and the exploration of euphoric self-desire through found narrative.

The festival puts great effort into thinking about what it means to claim space and what it means to host and choreograph queer bodies in space. It does this by thinking through how bodies and their gaze can be mobilized as spectators.

Illustration of a person with a mermaid tail instead of feet, inspired by the little mermaid sculpture in Copenhagen, the illustration shows a colorful person being revealed as the top layer is pealed away. Graphic for 'The Little Merperson' workshop developed by Kolbrún Inga Söring for Enqueery 2020
The image is a poster for an event hosted by ENQUEERY in colaboration with SAQMI featuring Malin Arnell, Marit Östberg and MAttias Anderson. The bakground is soft pink and has three images, from Marit Östberg; an image of an upper body without showing the face, arms are lifted to show hary armpits, the person is wearing a tank top from net fabric and a red beets necklace. Malin arnell; The image is dark, mostly black, the image shows a person sitting in a tank top holding a lit match which is lighting up the person. Mattias Andersson; the image is bright and shows a person wearing a heart shaped, slightly transparent face cover in a pink plastic jacket. Enqueery 2020's announcement for its collaboration with the Swedish Archive of Queer Moving Images

Dig deeper into the wealth of queer delights here with the full programme for Enqueery 2020.

– 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 wearestatusqueer@gmail.com to make a donation.

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You can reach us via email: wearestatusqueer@gmail.com