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Basel LGBTQ+ guide

Basel is an open-minded city that warmly welcomes LGBTQ+ travellers. Find out about Basel’s most popular meeting places for the LGBTQ+ community here.

Basel loves diversity

Basel is LGBTQ+-friendly, and the people here are tolerant and open-minded. As well as being home to the first church to receive the Swiss LGBTI Label, Basel hosts all manner of queer parties and cultural events at which lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual and all other people (LGBTQIA+) celebrate themselves and life in general.

Queer parties and bars

Every Tuesday evening from 6.00 pm onward, the KaBar at Kaserne Basel becomes the Zischbar – Basel’s main weekly meeting place for the LGBTQ+ community.

Die KaBar an der Kaserne in der Nacht.

The Heimat club hosts a party exclusively for queers and friends on every first Saturday of the month but is also LGBTQ+-friendly on all other evenings.

QueerPlanet Basel arranges premium house parties for the LGBTQ+ community and friends at various clubs in Basel.

On the last Sunday of every month, the Konzertkeller (basement) at Hirscheneck hosts the SoNaMoMo get-together in the bar area. 

During Art Basel, the “Bordell” queer party takes place at Rouine, while Heimat holds a queer party every Christmas and New Year.

Meeting points and events

Every last Friday of the month is pink.friday at kult.kino camera, where visitors can watch queer films. What’s more, the pink.bar is open for a cosy get-together from 7.00 pm onward, even for non-cinema goers.

The rainbow celebrations at the Elisabethenkirche are church services for lovers of all persuasions. As an organization that advocates the inclusion of LGBTI people, it is the first Swiss church to display the Swiss LGBTI Label. 

ST-Medienreise LGBTIQ EuroGames

The Luststreifen Film Festival Basel, one of Switzerland’s largest queer-feminist film festivals, presents workshops and screenings of international films dealing with the topic of queer feminism.

Events addressing queer-feminist themes staged by the Feministischer Salon Basel take place once a month at Kaserne Basel. 

The anyway organization arranges queer get-togethers for the younger generation in Basel; queers and questioners aged around 14 to 25 meet up on every second Thursday of the month, mostly at a youth centre, Jugendzentrum Neubad, or in Schützenmattpark. Young people can drop in unannounced whenever they like. 

The wide range of sporting activities on offer at Rheinbow Sport Basel puts the emphasis on the joy of sport and exercise rather than athletic excellence; it’s a place where the LGBTQ+ community can meet up, establish social contacts and share personal experiences. 

The “Basel tickt bunt” queer festival takes place every summer and includes the Pride Walk – accompanied by fringe events such as talks, shows and lots more. 

Contact point

The HABS Queer Basel association campaigns for self-determination for lesbians, queers, bisexuals, transsexuals, intersexuals, asexuals, aromantics, pansexuals and non-binaries by organizing task forces, projects, meetings, consultations and focus groups. 

The history of LGBTQ+ in Basel

1933 Ernst Feist, founder of the Excentric Club in Zurich, formed the “Basel Section of the Swiss Friendship Association” in September 1933. Several male members and “respectable kindred spirits” regularly met up for club evenings with music and dancing.
1988“Männergeschichten. Schwule in Basel seit 1930” – the first Swiss exhibition to focus on homosexuality – took place at Kaserne Basel in 1988.
1988World Aids Day was launched by the WHO in 1988 and commemorated in Switzerland for the first time that year. Since then, it has taken place every year on 1 December to show support for those living with HIV.
1989The Basel Stonewall Foundation was established in 1989 to support homosexual projects.
2024In January 2024, the Grand Council of Basel passed a new Equality Act based on diversified gender principles. Basel-Stadt is the first canton in German-speaking Switzerland to explicitly enshrine gender equality for lesbians, queers, bisexuals, transsexuals, non-binaries and intersexuals in law.

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