Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community in Zürich

Information on groups, social clubs and links for gay men and women in the cantons of Zurich, Zug, Lucerne, Berne and Basel...

The cosmopolitan city of Zürich has a well-developed gay scene and organises many cultural events for the gay and lesbian population.

A same-sex partnership law was passed in Zürich in 2002. The registered partnership gives same-sex couples who live in Zürich canton and who register with the government the same rights as a married couple. Equal rights affect taxation, inheritance and social security benefits.

Gay Events in Zürich

Zürich Pride: This annual gay pride parade takes place in May or June on Helvetiaplatz and attracts tourists and locals alike. The three-day programme includes film evenings, debates, forums, seminars, a demonstration and a parade through the city.

Warmer Mai: Zürich's biggest gay and lesbian event takes place annually in May and includes themed parties, theatre, art exhibitions and sports events.

Pinkapple: Switzerland's largest annual gay and lesbian film festival features short films, feature films and documentaries on a gay and lesbian theme.

Zürich also hosts many well-known gay parties including the Black and White Party and the Follies au Lac.

Gay and Lesbian Websites

  • Time Out: Section with details on LGBT clubs in Switzerland
  • LOS: Swiss Association for lesbians, with links to lesbian groups in German-speaking Switzerland

Gay Associations and Groups in Zürich

Homosexuelle Arbeitsgruppen Zürich (HAZ): The HAZ group is one of the largest lesbian and gay organisations of Switzerland. They organise regular social events, discussion evenings and cultural events.

Queeramnesty: Amnesty International for gays, lesbians and transgender in Switzerland.

  • Queeramnesty (in German)
    Postal Address: Postfach 1306, 8048 Zurich
    Tel: 032 724 28 86

The Swiss Gay Motorcycle Club (Der Schwule Schweizer Motorradclub): The club organises regular events throughout Switzerland.

Rainbow Sport Zurich : Sports club for gays and lesbians in the greater Zürich area. Sports offered include aerobics, tennis, badminton, squash, swimming and volleyball. GZS also provides the opportunity to travel to international tournaments in Europe throughout the year.

Zart and Heftig: Gay student association of Zürich University and Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) organising regular social events, film evenings and monthly get-togethers.

Gay Associations and Groups in Berne

Pinkcross: Umbrella association for gay and lesbian organisations in Switzerland. Based in Berne, they campaign against discrimination and for equality for homosexuals.

  • Pinkcross
    At: Zinggstrasse 16, 3001 Bern
    Tel: 031 372 33 00
    Fax: 031 372 33 17

Frauenraum: Lesbian Association for Women in Berne organising networking and social activities.

Gay Bern: Website with information on groups and meetings for gays, lesbians and transsexuals in the Berne canton. They also have a helpline for those who may suffer discrimination, have questions about their sexual identity, or need help, support or advice.

ComingInn: Youth association for male gays and bisexuals under the age of 27 in the Berne canton. Regular events are organised.

Gay and Lesbian Sport Berne: Gay group organising a variety of sports activities for gays and lesbians in Berne; badminton, bowling, football, jogging, hockey, volleyball and racquet sports.

Gay Associations and Groups in Lucerne

 Meeting points for the community in Lucerne.

Gay Associations and Groups in Basel

Habs: Gay and lesbian association in the Basel canton. The website has links to groups and events in the region.

Lesbian & Gay Sport Basel (Sportangebot): Gay group organising a variety of sports activities for gays and lesbians in Berne; tennis, cycling, swimming, beach volleyball, fitness, bowling, badminton and Nordic walking.