Welcome to the LFT 2.013, which this year takes place in Munich. For the weekend of Pentecost from May 17 until 20, the Hochschule München will provide us a great location and we look forward to seeing you in the Lothstraße 64.
Our pre-sale has begun! Order your tickets now – see “Kartenvorverkauf”!
The Lesbian Spring Meeting is the largest national political and cultural event organised by and for lesbians with interesting workshops, lectures, films, roundtables, good food, relaxation, networking and party. The LFT is held every year on the Whit weekend in a different city with a different theme.
Already in the 1920s, lesbians met in Berlin to a common Whit walk, what after the seizure of power by the National Socialists 1933 was no longer possible. Only 1972 a lesbian Pentecostal meeting was again held in Berlin; since 1979 a different city is selected each year. Thousands of women from Germany and abroad countries since then annually participated in the meetings.
In Munich all are welcome, who’s self-definition contains “woman loving women”, not only lesbians and not only Cis-women or Bio-women.
Here you can socialize, educate yourself, get to know yourself better – with much joy and fun.
Why is the LFT important and necessary?
Despite an increased media presence of homosexual women since the 1990s no open lesbian lifestyle has established itself. There are only a few open lesbian leading politicians, athletes or actresses.
The lesbian identity refers to a large extent on women- and lesbian-centered lifestyles and interests. Lesbian identity and lesbian culture includes a broad spectrum. The Lesbian Spring Meeting (LFT) makes an important contribution, in order to give lesbian identity and culture a safe space once a year. The LFT offers women the opportunity to attend various workshops, exhibitions, participate in plenums and other events, to strengthen the community and to build a network.
For example, it will be developed together which political signs may be placed, in order to show developments such discrimination in society, permanent cuts of funds for projects lesbian living women or accessibility to make joint events. Strengthening the group is important for us lesbians, still there are many hidden in the everyday life of fear and not visible. There is still a lot of work to be done, to fight nationally and internationally for our right to an open visible lesbian life without discrimination in family, school and work continues to demand – basic needs, which are still not self-evident.
The LFT has the ambition to be accessible for everyone: the rooms are accessible for wheelchair users, sign language interpreters will translate a selection of events, the program brochure is available in large print and as audio version. Non-native speakers of German are, if possible, mediated by volunteer translators. Discriminatory acts or statements (such as racism, adverse remark against disabled persons and homophobia) will not be tolerated.
This lived inclusion also includes cash-strapped lesbian, by offering social cards Sozialkarten). In addition, young lesbians will be involved in the program design to be more connected to stimulate and contribute to the political issues and demands in the next generation.
It is not yet possible in the professional life course to come out as a lesbian living woman. We must create company networks and platforms for networking together, to strengthen the community. As long as it can be an existential decision, to come out in the parental home, or to the entire social environment, we have not yet reached our goal – equality –; especially with the background of fast growing homophobia in Eastern European countries political work and visibility is more important than ever. The LFT creates with its political workshops and plenums confidence and courage, to approach aims together.
Politicization is to take place even in the wake of a vibrant democracy: Decisions shall be made by the House (= all visitors). A demonstration will take outward demands to medial attention.
LFT – A Retrospective
The Lesbian Spring meeting has a long tradition. Here you find an overview of all LFTs so far:
1974 – Westberlin – “Ist Feminismus die Theorie und Lesbischsein die Praxis?“ (“Is feminism the theory and lesbianism the practice ?”)
1975 – Westberlin
1976 – Westberlin
1977 – Westberlin
1978 – Westberlin
1979 – Münster
1980 – Spielberg near Karlsruhe
1981 – Westberlin – “Lesbenwende – Lesbenwände – Lesbenende?”
1983 – Osnabrück
1985 – Hamburg
1986 – München – “Lust auf München – Lesbenglühn”
1987 – Hamburg – “Mehr Biß in die Bewegung”
1988 – Münster – “Power in der Provinz” (Power in the provinces)
1989 – Frankfurt / Main
1990 – Tübingen – “leidenschaftlich leben” (Live passionately)
1991 – Mönchengladbach – “Lesbisch – na und?” (Lesbian – so what!)
1992 – Bremen – “Konsequent un-einig – laute(r) Lesben”
1993 – Freiburg – “Nieder mit den Mauern – Grenzenlos lesbisch?” (Tear down the walls – lesbian without boarders)
1994 – Heidelberg – “Lesbisch, eigensinnig, vielfältig.”
1995 – Hamburg – “Coming home – agree to differ”
1996 – München – “Und sie bewegt sich doch!” (And she does move!)
1997 – Stuttgart – “Kommerz & Solidarität” (Commerce and solidarity)
1998 – Freiburg – “Lesben und Lesben lassen”
1999 – Köln – “Das ist doch der Gipfel!” (That’s the peak!)
2000 – Bochum-Querenburg – “Alles queer oder was?”
2001 – Rostock – “Ost-West – (k)ein Thema unter Lesben”
2002 – Hannover – “Türen öffnen” (Opening doors)
2003 – München – “Mach´s Dir lesbisch”
2004 – Gießen – “Mittendrin und voll daneben”
2005 – Berlin – “Denken – Reden – Fühlen – Handeln!” (Think – talk – feel – act)
2006 – Leipzig – “Vielfalt auf großer Flamme”
2007 – Marburg – “Unendliche Weiten – nichts ohne Widerspruch – willkommen im lesbenswerten Raum”
2008 – Dresden – “Umarmt von Europa – Lesben überall” (Embraced by Europe – Lesbians everywhere)
2009 – Köln – “Lesben in R(h)einkultur – alles im Fluß?”
2010 – Hamburg – “Lesben Leinen Los”
2011 – Rostock
2012 – Nürnberg – “Lesbenrechte sind Menschenrechte sind Lesbenrechte”
(Lesbian rights are human rights are lesbian rights)