Oktoberfest - ein Fest der Landeshauptstadt München
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LGBTIQ* at the Oktoberfest

Tips and events for the queer community

The Munich Oktoberfest invites everyone to celebrate together. Here we give the LGBTIQ* community tips and information for the Oktoberfest.

Oktoberfest stands for tolerance, respect and diversity

The largest folk festival in the world stands for open-mindedness, tolerance and diversity. The City of Munich is committed to these values and expressly welcomes LGBTIQ* people to the Oktoberfest and fights against any form of discrimination. At the last Oktoberfest in 2019, the state capital Munich set an example and hoisted two rainbow flags at the entrance. "More than any other event, the Oktoberfest stands for Munich's motto 'live and let live'. Two men kissing or women holding hands are completely normal there. Tolerance is an essential unit of measurement for the peacefulness of the Oktoberfest," said Wiesn boss Clemens Baumgärtner.

Events for the community at the Wiesn: Gay Sunday in the Bräurosl and Co.

The Oktoberfest has been a meeting point for the LGBTIQ* community for many years. Some of the events have already achieved cult status.

Gay Sunday in the Bräurosl - 18.9.
The classic: More than 40 years ago, the gay Munich Löwen Club (MLC) brought Gay Sunday to life. Every first Sunday of the Wiesn, the gay and lesbian community meets all day in the Bräurosl tent. For September 18, 2022, the association has reserved 600 tickets for the MLC balcony in the marquee for the 43rd Oktoberfest meeting (these ticket holders get exclusive access). The rest of the tent is of course freely accessible, but is mainly visited by the LGBTIQ* community. An official after-Wiesn party starts at 10 p.m. in the NY Club. More information at mlc-munich.de

RoslMonday in the Bräurosl - 19.9.
Since it often gets quite crowded on Gay Sunday, there is an unofficial, free gay meeting place in the Bräurosl the day after - the "RoslMontag". On September 19, 2022, from 3 p.m., gays and lesbians will meet again informally. Meeting points for all LGBTIQ* are the Bräurosl beer garden (to the right of the main entrance) and the back part of the beer tent (under the balcony). There is no reservation. More information at rosawiesn.de.

ProudWiesn in the Armbrustschützenzelt - 25.9.
The ProudWiesn is a fairly new date for the community, which two LGTBIQ* groups of companies (BMW and Diversity Tourism) brought to life and which already had over 300 participants before the Corona compulsory break. The target group is then primarily members of various LGBTIQ* corporate groups and their friends. Reservation tickets are required for participation on Sunday, September 25, 2022 from 5 p.m. in the Armbrustschützenzelt. More information and reservations at proudwiesn.de

Prosecco Oktoberfest in the Fischer-Vroni - 26.9.
The "Prosecco Oktoberfest" looks back on a tradition that has lasted for more than 30 years. On the second Oktoberfest Monday, the LGBTIQ* community will come together in the Fischer-Vroni from the early afternoon. In the smallest of the large Oktoberfest tents, it can get quite crowded at an early stage. The name of this meeting comes from the former organizer, the owner of the Prosecco bar.

Tip: And at the very end, the community will meet (also unofficially) for the final meal on October 3rd, 2022, in the Schottenhamel tent at the kitchenette.

LGBTIQ* hostility at the Oktoberfest - what to do?

There must be no place for homophobia and violence at the Oktoberfest. Should there be an LGBTIQ*-hostile incident, the Munich coordination office LGBTIQ* generally advises: "Defend yourself! Get support! Report it quickly!" and recommends always dialing 110 in emergencies. This also applies to the Oktoberfest. The Oktoberfest guard of the Munich police is located in the service center on the western edge of the Theresienwiese (box-shaped copper building behind the Schottenhamel tent) and can also be reached directly via the emergency number. In addition, the police officers from the Wiesn guard regularly go on patrol.

Safe Oktoberfest campaign for women*
During the Oktoberfest there is a safe space especially for girls* and women* in the service center (entrance "First Aid"). If you feel threatened or have been harassed, coerced, or raped, you can go there. Experienced and trained specialists (psychologists and social workers) will give you professional advice and support and accompany you to the police station.