Herr Schnitzel

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  1. COVID-19 and Berlin‘s nightlife

    It‘s the "long enough" which is the problem and I doubt there is the money to bail out every struggling business.   I‘ve mentioned Schwuz and SO36 because they posted about this on social media. Neither can survive beyond four weeks without financial help. I’m certain there are many venues, queer or straight, who are in the same situation.
  2. COVID-19 and Berlin‘s nightlife

    It’s very different from the n-word and just like the German "schwul" it has becomes generally accepted term. It has been around at least a couple of decades as an identity and while English in its origin, it now gets used in many languages.    
  3. COVID-19 and Berlin‘s nightlife

    "Queer" is a reclaimed umbrella term for sexual minorities which in the past used to be a term of abuse, just like the German "schwul". Now "queer" gets used by LGBT+ people who often feel they don’t fit one specific category. As a term which is inclusive of all sexual minorities, I prefer to "queer" to "LGBT+" because I find acronyms impersonal, though I identify as gay.    
  4. COVID-19 and Berlin‘s nightlife

    It hosts several regular queer nights like Gayhane, Café Fatal, Queer Slam, Queens against Borders and Easter Beardance. It’s commitment to queer events is referred to on its website:   https://so36.com/about/   In the end I don’t care how others define it, my point the same. Would be a shame to lose it and many other great Berlin venues.
  5. COVID-19 and Berlin‘s nightlife

    I do worry about "Corona Parties", I don’t think you understood my point. I wasn’t arguing for venues to stay open, but for financial support so they can survive this crisis.   If you personally have no interest in Berlin‘s nightlife culture, then move on, there is nothing to see here. If you do, then I’d urge you to support your favourite venues with donations while they are struggling. Otherwise there is a good chance they  will be gone. You‘ll still be spending less money than if you were going out.        
  6. COVID-19 and Berlin‘s nightlife

      For the LGBT+ community, for whom a thriving nightlife is of particular importance, that took half a century. Before the Nazi‘s took over, Berlin had the most liberal and diverse LGBT+ scene on the planet. It took till the mid-70s to recover to comparable levels.   Obviously I’m not comparing WWII to now, just answering to a glib assertion in regard to Berlin history.
  7. COVID-19 and Berlin‘s nightlife

    Thanks for the history lesson guys, I know that Berlin has recovered in the past.   Unlike you I’m worried about specific venues like Schwuz or SO36 and many of the bars, which are central to particular communities, closing and independent business going bankrupt, rather than some sort of nightlife returning sometime in the future. These two iconic Berlin venues have already let it be known, that they aren’t able to survive long closures. It will be the same for many others. One reason I moved from London to Berlin is because the queer scene here is far more lively and diverse right now, while gentrification was killing London LGBT+ nightlife at a rapid pace. It could all go in swoop in Berlin during this crisis and it could take years to recover. It’s also not said that in the current climate, nightlife will fully recover. Gentrification already poses a massive threat to Berlin nightlife and this could speed up the process.   Landlords are looking to increase rents on properties which they are restricted to do while an independent business is in there. If bars/clubs go bankrupt, this leaves landlords free to hike up the rent. That makes it prohibitive for a comparable business to move in. We may we’ll end up with another Lidl or Edeka where the likes of a Schwuz or SO36 are now.     
  8. COVID-19 and Berlin‘s nightlife

    Berlin is known for its nightlife and the longterm effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on its culture could be devastating. Most nightclubs have been shut and many won’t survive longterm closures. Many places are already threatened by gentrification and this could be disastrous for Berlin. Iconic queer club and music venue SO36 has already posted on social media that they won’t last beyond one month of being closed. I’m sure we’ll also loose bars, independent cinemas, etc if this drags on even if they don’t close. I hope the government will help independent businesses out with loans, etc and I would urge people to support venues they care about via crowdfunding.   https://www.sleek-mag.com/article/coronavirus-berlin-endangered-nightlife-berghain/ https://www.zeit.de/kultur/2020-03/kulturbetrieb-coronavirus-schliessungen-grossveransaltungenfbclid=IwAR0E99b2lor62fY7GjS1kqODw_3gg4RioGoUla8TB4uGuSufs5dpGOy6HE4  
  9. Visiting Berlin for the first time in March

    Lab.Oratory is a gay sex club.   Thai Park will not be open in March.