Self-determination in gender issues cannot be a one-way street. A trans* person must have the right to reconsider their transition and ultimately always come to autonomous and legitimate decisions. Systemic therapist Mari Günther makes a strong case for this right—which is not a right to regret or to return to a previous state. Transphobes, however, are keen to exploit any moment of rethinking of gender for their ideological purposes. This is seemingly gaining acceptance in the wider community.
Mari Günther, born 1970 in Berlin, works today as a systemic therapist and is a key member of several expert committees that deal with trans* concerns in the health sector. Also noteworthy is her specialist role in counseling and further education in the Bundesverband Trans* (BVT* e.V.).
The TransInterQueer Salon explores the lives of trans*, inter* and other queer people in Berlin. Conversations with guests from the Berlin community create new spaces and allow for insights into lived diversity. For each event, the Grüner Salon hosts a different guest who represents the visibility of trans* and queer people in our society in a unique way and is active in various professional areas. Together we discuss life experiences, desires and the work that still needs to be done in order for TransInterQueer people to, finally, no longer be perceived as “the other” but rather as the enrichment of society that they are.
The TransInterQueer Salon is a collaboration between TrIQ TransInterQueer e.V. and the Volksbühne Berlin. The series aims to be more than just chats from the sunny side of the street: an expression of gender politics and a plea for social openness. Diverse lifestyles are by no means marginal—where minorities are usually located or assumed to be—but instead they're right in the middle of society. Normality means that every person is their own unique case.
As a social centre and non-profit association, TrIQ TransInterQueer e.V. has been active in politics, culture and research in Berlin since 2006, advocating for trans*, inter*, and queer people in Berlin and beyond. It offers psychosocial and legal advice as well as training and education, a transgender radio programme, spaces for additional group programming and a library.
A cooperation between the Volksbühne Berlin and the TrIQ TransInterQueer e.V. association
Curator: Elodie Evers
- 1 hour 30 minutes