Frauenzentrum Urania e.V. has been a place for women* who love women* for over 42 years, a shelter and a meeting place. Generations of women* since the 1970s have been able to trust that the Urania exists and that in the Urania, a wide variety of event formats could be organised independently, apart from donations.
Events of all kinds are and remain the core source of income for the association. The current closure not only endangers the operation as a meeting place for women*, lesbians and trans*women - it now also endangers the location of the new queer centre Inside:Out, whose festive inauguration was planned for 21 March in the presence of the Lord Mayor Andreas Mucke and had to be cancelled. The costs for rent, electricity, water, waste disposal and insurances will be incurred even if the rooms remain closed, we currently have no income beyond the membership fees.
The Urania team continues to work, of course. After all, we will not simply give up our place. We still have a few small reserves, but we will need them even if we are allowed to use the place again as before - when that will be, but it is not certain yet. For the preservation of the Urania we have already made many new contacts, we are in touch with the known contacts like the city's equal opportunities office etc. and we are also looking into how we can connect with the known networks and places in the district.
After the #stayathome time we wish for our place where we can meet again, this place where we can dance and celebrate, develop ideas and implement common LSBTIQ* projects. Therefore we are collecting donations at this place to make sure that we will still exist in this difficult time.
Participate now already in the future of the Frauenzentrum Urania e.V. - thank you very much.