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TransInterQueerer Salon: Max Appenroth

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Trans* people often experience the medical system differently than most of society does. Unfortunately, discrimination and a lack of knowledge about the treatment of gender diverse people are still common. Sure, the health care system here still functions at a high level even in times of a global pandemic, but not when it comes to the diversity of trans* bodies. Because of this, trans* people searching for healing often end up with the opposite: harm. Doctor Max Appenroth is calling for a shift in thinking in these situations. Away from strictly defined and binary-oriented concepts in medicine, and toward a holistic view of people that also takes the soul and body, with all its biographical inscriptions, seriously.

Max Appenroth, born in Stuttgart in 1986, has lived in Berlin since 2006 and defines himself as a trans* activist. He is currently working on his PhD at Institute for Public Health at the Charité Universitätsmedizin. Since 2019 he has run the "Trans Men & HIV Working Group" in the international organisation GATE (Global Action for Trans Equality). He also offers consulting and continuing education programs on inclusion regarding sex diversity in Germany and abroad.


The TransInterQueer Salon explores the lives of trans*, inter* and other queer people in Berlin. Conversations with guests from the Berlin community create new spaces and allow for insights into lived diversity. For each event, the Grüner Salon hosts a different guest who represents the visibility of trans* and queer people in our society in a unique way and is active in various professional areas. Together we discuss life experiences, desires and the work that still needs to be done in order for TransInterQueer people to, finally, no longer be perceived as “the other” but rather as the enrichment of society that they are.

The TransInterQueer Salon is a collaboration between TrIQ TransInterQueer e.V. and the Volksbühne Berlin. The series aims to be more than just chats from the sunny side of the street: an expression of gender politics and a plea for social openness. Diverse lifestyles are by no means marginal—where minorities are usually located or assumed to be—but instead they're right in the middle of society. Normality means that every person is their own unique case.

As a social centre and non-profit association, TrIQ TransInterQueer e.V. has been active in politics, culture and research in Berlin since 2006, advocating for trans*, inter*, and queer people in Berlin and beyond. It offers psychosocial and legal advice as well as training and education, a transgender radio programme, spaces for additional group programming and a library.

A cooperation between the Volksbühne Berlin and the TrIQ TransInterQueer e.V. association

Curator: Elodie Evers

Past Activities

TransInterQueerer Salon: Marian Hudek

Nora Eckert in conversation with Marian Hudek

What does someone’s voice reveal to us? At any rate, it betrays more than we might generally think. Our whole personality can be deciphered from our language and the way we speak. We carry our soul on the tip of our proverbial tongue. The human voice can convey every emotion and is unique, like a fingerprint. Ultimately, our voice is what makes people hear or interpret us as either a woman or a man—at least in the binary perception of the other. The gender question—closely linked to our personality—is therefore always a voice question, too.

Born in 1968 in Schwerte, Marian Hudek has lived in Berlin since 1989, where he caught up on his high school diploma and began attending drama school. After his initial experiences with the stage and screen, he discovered a specific interest in the voice, which led him to train as a breathing, speech, and voice coach. He has had his own private practice for speech therapy with a focus on voice therapy since 2004. Alongside this he also expresses himself artistically with his own voice and performs with his own song repertoire.

Born in Nuremberg in 1954, Nora Eckert has lived in Berlin since 1973 and is a journalist and trans* activist. She has worked as a journalist for various publications including Theater der Zeit, taz, and Tagesspiegel and has published books on topics relating to theatrical history—most recently Wer und was ist Hamlet? (Who and what is Hamlet?). She has been an active member of TransInterQueer e.V. since the beginning of 2019.

TransInterQueerer Salon: Zazie de Paris

The name Zazie de Paris is associated with half a century of life on the stage. She has played herself in many roles and thus personified trans* visibility in our society with confidence and great verve. Zazie de Paris talks to Nora Eckert at the Grüner Salon about the experiences and stories from her literally embodied life on the stage.

Zazie de Paris was born in Paris and has lived in Berlin since 1974. She trained in ballet at the Paris Opera, appeared in numerous film and theater productions, and has a long-standing collaboration with the director Peter Zadek. For many years her repertoire has also included chansons. She has featured in the crime series Tatort since 2013. She is actively involved in and dedicated to the queer community, for which she has received several awards.

Born in Nuremberg in 1954, Nora Eckert has lived in Berlin since 1973 and is a journalist and trans* activist. She has worked as a journalist for various publications including Theater der Zeit, taz, and Tagesspiegel and has published books on topics relating to theatrical history—most recently Wer und was ist Hamlet? (Who and what is Hamlet?). She has been an active member of TransInterQueer e.V. since the beginning of 2019.

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