Frage 1: Warum ein FLTI*-Tag?
Frage 2: Was heisst vegan?
Frage 3: Kann ich bei Euch mitmachen?
Frage 4: Kann ich kleine Kinder und/oder meinen Hund mitbringen?
Frage 5: Warum gibt es am Wochenende nicht soviel zu Essen wie unter der Woche?
Question 1: Why a FLTI*-Day?
We are throwing around with words, like “FLTI*” and “Cis”. Many people don’t understand this jargon. We would like to make transparent how we want to organize this day, what we wish/not wish and what the hell we want to say with all these terms like Trans*, Inter* and Cis. And what means this little star?
Actually, it’s only a brief description in order to give an insight. You’ll find additional links and book recommendation further down on this page. We also have literature concerning this topic in the café. Besides, searching engines can help.
On this day, we would like to create a safe space for FrauenLesbenTransInter* (in engl: WomenLesbianTransInter* // the people, who are feeling affected by the forms of discrimination which are described further down) and to offer the possibility to exchange, support each other and/or simply to hang around and to talk without cross-border looks and language.
Sometimes there are going to be events, sometimes not. Whether this mixed room (different impacts and therefore different perspectives/experiences of exclusion) works out well, we will see. But we hope to widen our café-horizon and to create a space beyond commonplace norms where affected people feel comfortable. (Cake and coffee are offered by women this day).
We are looking forward to enjoying relaxed and agreeable time with all interested FrauenLesbenTransInter*! We ask all cis-men (explanation of “cis” see further down) to accept that they can not visit the café Fatsch when a FLTI*day takes place.
This will probably be the case once per month and will be announced in advance! On all other days we are happy to see you around!
Let’s go…Short version:
The society we are part of considers that there are only two gender: women* and men* (heteronormativity). 1. Those gender are not equal counterparts, but it exists an hierarchy in which men* are privileged and therefore profit in all areas of life (sexism). The heterosexual cis* man is defined as the social norm (next to white, academic, middle class, physical intact etc.). 2. Society considers that love and sexuality can only be exchanged between women* and men*. Even though we live in a so-called enlightened society and everybody believes to be open-minded and tolerant, lesbians, gay males and bisexuals are always affected by discrimination and violence (heterosexism, homophobia). 3. It is concealed that next to bisexuality a variety of gender exists (one option is the description: the third gender, which includes as well the forth, fifth and x-th gender). Humans who not correspond to the social gender norm are as well exposed to violence (through silly jokes, physical or institutional attacks etc.)
Trans* “Trans is a quite young term, which is meanwhile widely used in the german-speaking region and is a wide ranging general term for a variety of identities and lifestyles. Given this spread and inclusiveness, we use Trans* as general term, in order to describe a wide range of identities, lifestyles and concept, including those, whom do not want to position themselves/to be positioned within a gender.”
(This is a translation of the original text in German: http://transintersektionalitaet.org/?page_id=36 )
Inter* “German general term for intersexual, intersex, hermaphrodites, “Zwitter”, inter- and transgender, person between the sexes, who are born with a body that does not correspond to the typical gender standards and norms of men and women. Inter* can be Gender Identity in the sense of self-definition as “Zwitter”, hermaphrodite, intergender etc. But Inter*people can also define themselves differently, according to the context, or as men or women.”
(This is a translation of the original text in German:
Cis is the opposite of “trans*”. Cis means “on this side” while trans* means “on the other side”. Cis-people are humans, whom’s gender identity correspond to the sex, defined with the birth (male or female), or whom’s sex has never been questioned (also called cisgender oder “cisgeschlechtlichte Menschen” ).
“On one hand, the star can be used just like the Gender_Gap. Considered by itself, the little star is already used in informatics since a long time. There it stands as place keeper and shows that other signs could be placed as well. Of course the little star can be used in a varieties of ways. When we us it behind words like “woman”, “man” etc., we simply want to demonstrate that these are social constructions (and not unchangeable “biological” truths).”
(This is a translation of the original text in German: femgeeks.de/glossar)
Links and Books:
„darum feminismus- diskussionen und praxen“ affront (Hrsg.) unrast verlag „begegnungen auf der transfläche“ kollektiv sternchen & steine http://grrrlzdaiy.blogsport.de/ mädchenmannschaft.net femgeeks.de/glossar
Question 2: What means vegan ?
Veganism includes a wide spectrum, which can be interpreted in different ways.
Here is a try, to sum it up quite shortly:
Veganism is a radical art of Vegetarianism, and the name is derived from it (Veg[eteri]an). A vegan diet does not only exclude meat, but also additional products (i.e. dairy products, eggs, gelatin, colouring agent, honey). Moreover, leading a vegan lifestyle does mean not to make us of leather, down, silk, fell or wool.
Question 3: Can I join you in your project ?
Yeees, absolutely. Without supporters the realization of our project would be impossible. Whether you have fun with cooking, you love to clean toilets or your place is behind the counter – come around, write an email or just speak to us ! We are grateful for every support !
Question 4: Can I bring along young kids?
We think it is sad that this question has to be asked and that kids are often seen as disturbing in cafés or restaurants.
We have a corner with table and chairs for children, with toys, coloring books, crayons and other books. So the younger ones have something to do as well, while the older ones drink coffee and talk about boring stuff. Should a child want to sit with the big ones, we also have high chairs.