Annual Word 2021

Annual Word 2021

Dear subscribers

It is difficult for me to find the right words for the past year. A lot has happened that I still have fond memories of, yet everything is overshadowed by the ongoing pandemic.

In addition to our monthly regulars’ table, we have organized various events since last spring. We went bowling together and barbecued at the lake. The Aareböötle (the boat trip on the Aare) was held again and we hiked up the Taubenlochschlucht. The city of Biel invited us to participate in the development of a plan of action to protect LGBT+ people. We gave interviews for the Journal du Jura and Canal3. The cancelled Prides in Zurich and Geneva have prompted us to organize a last-minute mini pride march in Biel, inviting like-minded associations from all over Switzerland.

On the national level, marriage for homosexual and bisexual couples has been approved by the parliament. Furthermore, the “Yes” to the facilitated and self-determined change of sex registration was accepted.

What will 2021 bring?

Because many things are uncertain at the moment in terms of feasibility of events, we have thought about putting together a project that has been in the works for a while: a queer education booklet. It is intended to help explain queer terms and provide other background information that we think is important. It is available on our website as a PDF document.

The QueerBienne Board would like to thank all of our members for their continued support. Especially in a time in which we cannot offer much as a social association due to the pandemic, this is appreciated greatly. Thanks to your support we can continue to offer queer people in Biel and the surrounding area a community.

Finally, I would like to thank you all for allowing me to be president of our association for the past year. Together with my board team and all members I was able to help shape the association and learn a lot myself.

Whatever the future will bring, the QueerBienne family will remain with you. We will start again this year. Smaller than we thought? Or in full bloom?

It remains to be seen.

Queer greetings

Rafael Meier
President of the association