You want to check out the Queerreferat but you don't want to go by yourself? Maybe you don't know what to expect and are worried that you won't find anyone to connect with? It's how most people feel when they meet new people or try to reach out to people in the LGBTTIQ* community but don't know where to get started.
If that's how you feel, get in touch with one of our Buddies! Our Buddies can answer any and all your questions about the Referat. Furthermore they can meet you anytime either at a café or at the Referat. This way you can get an impression of us and already know someone to take along to your first visit. We want to make your first experience as easy and enjoyable as possible. All of our Buddies are happy to be in touch with you regardless of your sexuality or gender.
Hello, my name is Sven.
I'm from a small town not too far from Aaachen. I'm studying computer science since winter 2012, and that's also the time I started outing myself as gay. During my free time I like to game with computer scientists, do fitness with music or party in drag. But I'm also open to trying new things like indoor climbing, hiking and more. Studying and working for the Referat often makes me quite stressed, however. My friends always manage to distract me from that though.
Hello, my name is Rafaela. I'm 22 years old and study for a Master's degree mechanical engineering. You will most probably meet me at the RWTH gym or on the bike tracks in the region surrounding Aachen. I'm always up for spontaneous activities. Because food is a big passion of mine, I love to organise culinary events at the Queerreferat. I'm originally from the Saarland and the Queerreferat is my place to go to meet people and have a good time since I moved to Aachen for my studies. I'd be glad to support you during your first steps in our group.
Hey, I'm Simon, 22 years old, computer scientist and asexual. I've been visiting the Queerreferat regularly since early 2015 and host the Ace and Friends evening. Apart from that I also attend most of the asexual regular's table in Cologne. I'm a huge fantasy fan and probably game more during the lecture period than I should. Because I can remember how nerve wracking my first visit to the Ref was, I'd like to help make this first visit easier for others.
Hey, how are you, I am Moritz and up to now 24 years old. I'm from Aachen and study chemistry at the RWTH since 2013. Whenever chemistry, despite my tremendous passion for it, becomes to much to deal with, I play the piano, go bouldering, do karate, go jogging, as of late I also do parkour, I meet some friends or I just stay home and pass the time playing video games and listening to music.
I'm a very pensive person, which is why I often sit with people for hours, just listening to them talk. I then use that time to figure out what they are like. Otherwise I start chattering, mostly in the form of a joke or something like that...
In any case, the Queerreferat is the best place to be to meet new people, especially if you are a gay person trying to find yourself or also someone else. When I first visited, I was quite overwhelmed by the amount of strangers sitting there, particularly since I have a hard time managing those situations. I think it is awesome that you want to overcome your fear and are interested in the Queerreferat, and would be happy to help you with that.
Hey there! My name is Romina and I´m 25 years old. I started studying German and Theology to become a teacher in winter 2013. Still I only found the courage to visit the Ref about a year ago because I wasn´t sure whether I „belonged“ there or not (turns out I totally do! And btw: That´s absolutely irrelevant because no one forces you to label or out yourself here.) That´s why I can totally understand that it can be scary to come alone. I´d love to help making this step much easier and if it´s the same for you as it was/is for me then the Queerreferat will soon feel like a second home to you! In my free time I enjoy cooking, writing and singing. I´m also part of a theatergroup, a self declared series junkie and like meeting up with my friends. I would describe myself as a communicative und (hopefully) empathic person, who enjoys laughing as much as talking about serious subjects.