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We are a diverse group of LGBTI+ (lesbian, gay, bi, trans, intersex) people and allies, both local and from outside Zermatt. We come from a range of different beliefs, religions and ethnic backgrounds and we work in a variety of areas, including tourism, teaching and human rights.
We offer a safe space to talk anonymously, join a group event or meet at one of our favourite bars.
We also have an LGBTI+ info page for anyone wanting to deepen their understanding of the LGBTI+ world.
WORKSHOPS AND EVENTS
Do you feel that it's 'easy enough' to be openly LGBTI+ today?
Some people do, but for many it is still extremely hard to come out. Stigma and discrimination are still commonplace.
Despite positive progress with 43 countries outlawing homophobic hate crime and 28 countries recognising same-sex marriage globally, same-sex couples in Switzerland are still fighting for equal rights to those of married couples and the country's ranking has just dropped from 24th to 27th in Europe for its LGBTI+ human rights.
While in the UK 48% of trans people under 26 attempt suicide, with over 2% of the population being trans and 1.7% being intersex.
What can we do?
We can improve lives and help people to be happier. We do this by developing our understanding in order to create fully informed opinions in the hope this leads to tolerance, support and inclusivity.
Whether in one of our bespoke workshops, or just on your own, we invite you to explore the following questions and more...:
What is LGBTI+ or Queer? (basic explanation)
What is sexuality and what is gender identity?
How are trans and intersex challenges different from LGB ones?
What does strong diversity in the office/workplace look like?
How can we balance religious faith with LGBTI+ identity?
What are (basic) human rights?
What is 'choice'? Can a person 'choose' who they are?
What is authenticity and why is it important?
How might norms in our society inadvertently reinforce discrimination in our day-to-day lives?
What is negative language, how common is it and what are the effects?
How do we talk to young people about living healthy and happy LGBTI+ lives?
What are the risks in not offering support to children or young people?
What do LGBTI+ relationships look like in today's world?
'Ally' is a verb, not a noun. Discuss!
What do LGBTI+ rights look like globally and how does Zermatt play a role?
50 years since the Stonewall riots, what was it and why is it important?
Our gatherings are for everyone.
They are tailor-made, non-profit and do not have to be LGBTI+ focussed. Since the questions of gender identity and sexuality have strong ties with history, philosophy and psychology we are happy to include these in our themes. Events may take the form of workshops, hikes and skiing to traditional Chinese tea ceremonies.
To suggest, create or learn about an upcoming event, please get in touch
OUR FAVOURITE BARS
We have one or two bars in Zermatt (including the Little Bar, pictured) which are not dedicated 'gay bars' as such but they are known as safe and open spaces in which the LGBTI+ community tends to meet.
As an organisation, Zermatt Together is still in its infancy, so we've yet to work out the exact role our bars will play. They will always serve as places to meet casually but hopefully if we know how many people are in town, we'll be able to organise some get togethers.
Join our mailing list or come visit Zermatt to be kept up to date.
We look forward to seeing you there!
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