When companies co-opt diversity, they cheapen what we stand for
This summer two viral videos close to the heart of GSBTB’s work caught our attention: one produced by Amnesty International, the other by travel website Momondo.
A view from the Frauenzimmer at Tempelhof refugee shelter
Sinéad Walsh recently returned to her home in Dublin after volunteering with GSBTB Open Art Shelter, where she was a dedicated member of the team. Here she writes about her experiences at the Frauenzimmer in the Tempelhof refugee shelter, sparked by a photo she saw on returning home.
An American in Berlin: Moving beyond voluntourism
One of our most dedicated volunteers, Kurtis DeLozier, writes about how he sees the impact of his identity on his volunteer work.
What do I want people to know about my Syria?
GSBTBers Hania Hakiel, Mohammad Othman and Waael Alafandy visited Wroclaw in April on invitation from the Goethe Institute, to attend an evening of connection-building between refugees and Polish locals as part of the European Capital of Culture Wroclaw 2016.
A letter to the volunteers
Dear all who offer your time and skills to do volunteer work within the refugee community,
“Not our women” after Cologne
Middle class and low-income white men are suffering from “broken hearts”, Bill Clinton told a crowd of Hillary Clinton supporters this month.
German identity: with wings, roots and sweaty hands
“Punctual. Exact. Productive. Closed off. Careful. Inflexible. Humorless.” And some “Goethe” and “Einstein” thrown in for good measure.
Cecil the lion and the refugee crisis: The power of images in the information age
I’ve never quite understood the human reaction to crises. I often wonder what makes one tragedy more appalling to people than another.
Berlin through the eyes of the homeless
In Berlin they are especially visible on the U-Bahn. They wait for the subway doors to close before they address the car with a rehearsed speech: “Excuse the interruption, I am one of Berlin's annoying homeless people...”.
Why Holocaust remembrance is good for immigrants
In 2005, Germany officially became an immigration country.
The many meanings of multiculturalism
If you put the German word Multikulti into Google Images, the many different representations, interpretations, and applications of the word appear in a humorous montage only the inter-webs could produce.