Counselling

We offer counselling for Lesbians, Bisexual women, Trans*, Inter*, Non-Binary and Queer people.

We advise you free of charge, confidentially and we are on your side.

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We advise on the topics:

  • Violence
  • Discrimination (Racism, Classism, Ableism, Discrimination against Queer and Trans* People and other forms of Discrimination)
  • Violence in lesbian and queer relationships
  • Police violence
  • Asylum
  • Legal advice on asylum, residence, partnerships/marriages, family law
  • Community Accountability
  • Mediation
  • Collegues consulting one another

We advise in the following languages:

  • German, English, Persian, Dari, Spanish, Turkish, Arabic, French, Kurdish (Sorani), Russian, Dutch, Ukranian, Polish, Armenian,
  • With interpretation into other spoken languages
  • With interpretation into German Sign Language (DGS)

Counselling can take place

  • In person (Counselling is available by appointment. You can come by during our office hours for a brief consultation.)
  • By Telephone (Counselling is available by appointment. If you call during our office hours you can recieve a brief consultation.)
  • By e-mail – drop us your topic and who you would like to speak to

To make a Counselling appointment

Advice on violence

Have you experienced an assault on the street?

Have you been insulted or threatened?

Have you experienced bullying or stalking?

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Have you been sexually harassed?

Have you experienced violence in your family or from your friends after coming out?

We support you – free of charge, confidentially and we are on your side.

We have a wide range of services and we will work with you to find you the support that you need.

We will gladly advise you directly on the phone or arrange an appointment.

You do not have to be alone with what you have experienced. No matter what form of violence you have experienced, we are there for you.

Here you can report the violence you have experienced online and anonymously https://lesmigras.de/diskriminierungmelden.

Counselling on (multiple) Discrimination

Have you been discriminated against or disadvantaged?

Have you been refused a job or a flat because of your identity, name or appearance?

Have you been treated unequally when searching for a flat or trying to join a team?

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Have you experienced discrimination by the authorities, police or judiciary?
Were you unwantedly outed at school or in training?

We support you – free of charge, confidentially and we are on your side!

We offer a wide range of services and work with you to find the support that is best for you.

No matter what form of discrimination you have experienced, we are there for you.

We attempt to advise you in an intersectional and multidimensional way on a number of different topics. If you have been discriminated against because of your sexual or gender identity, if you have experienced racism, discrimination because of your disability/impairment, your age or because of your social class/income please feel free to contact us. You do not have to be alone with your experiences. We are happy to advise you directly on the phone or make an appointment.

Counselling on violence in relationships

Have you experienced violence in your relationship? 

Are you being insulted, threatened, beaten or taken advantage of?

Do you feel controlled? 

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Are you yourself a perpetrator of violence in your relationship? Do you find it difficult to resolve conflicts without threats or violence?

We have a wide range of services and will work with you to find the support that you need.

No matter what form of violence you have experienced or perpetrated, we are there for you.

We are happy to advise you directly on the phone or make an appointment.

You do not have to be alone in this.

Trans. What now?

You have recognized that you are trans or have known for a long time. Congratulations! It’s great that you exist and that we can welcome you into a diverse crowd of wonderful other trans people.

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You may be asking yourself questions about whether and how you want to transition. Some people know they are trans but choose not to transition for a variety of reasons. Others want to do a lot of medical procedures as soon as possible. You decide if and when you need something at your own pace.
 
Your needs can also change over the course of your life. Whereas before you felt “not trans enough” or you didn’t know if you dare to transition, at some point it may become a necessity and you dare to do it. While at some point it was okay to be addressed as he/she or Mister/Miss, at some point it may no longer feel acceptable. Even if you appreciate, love and enjoy your body as it is, you may still decide to have hormones and/or surgery.
 
The decision to transition can have consequences that you often cannot foresee. Unfortunately, many of us experience hate, violence, prejudice, and exclusion because we are trans. That’s why it’s important to think things through like coming out in your family, friends and/or workplace. For this reason, we offer counselling sessions for trans people where we discuss these or other topics that are close to your heart.

Counselling on police violence

Have you experienced violence or discrimination by the police? 

Did you feel that you were not taken seriously by police officers in a situation?

Were you denied your rights, for example when you wanted to file a complaint, when you were stopped on the street or when you called the police? 

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We have a wide range of services and will work with you to find the support that you need.

No matter what form of violence you have experienced, we are there for you.

We are happy to advise you directly on the phone or arrange an appointment.

You do not have to be alone with what you have experienced.

 

Further counselling options:

ReachOut

Counselling on racist, anti-Semitic and right-wing extremist violence

Telephone: (030) 69 56 83 39

Website: http://reachoutberlin.de/

 

Complaint options with the police

Contact persons for LGBTI people at the Berlin police force

Telephone: (030) 4664-979444

Website: https://www.berlin.de/polizei/aufgaben/ansprechpersonen-fuer-lsbti/

 

Berlin Police Complaints Management

Central Complaints Office

Telephone: (030) 4664-900140/ 900141

Website: https://www.berlin.de/polizei/aufgaben/beschwerden/

Events / Groups

We offer workshops, events, and groups.

In our empowerment section we work on structural barriers and state violence that LGBT*I*Q+ people face. We know that there are many different ways to deal with discrimination and violence.

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That is why we offer a wide range of resources so that as many people as possible can connect with them. We create spaces for creative and practical exchange and dialogue. It is important to us that participants not only share different experiences with each other, but also find tools for their everyday life that support them. We also deal with self-care and community care. In addition, we offer spaces that are about coming together, connecting with each other, and having fun.

Library

We have books in the following languages: German, English, French, Arabic, Farsi and Russian.

You can borrow books for free from our library and relax in the space.

In the library you will find a variety of books, novels, comics as well as reference and children’s books.

The topics include: Racism, coming out, migration, family, sexuality, violence and health.

You can also read an e-book on site.

LesMigraS is funded by

Senatsverwaltung für Justiz, Verbraucherschutz und Antidiskriminierung