The association Forum Queeres Archiv München e.V. - LesBiSchwulTransInter* in Geschichte und Kultur was founded in 1999. Its mission is to collect, promote and make accessible contributions and insights into the everyday life, culture and history of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, intersexual and queer people in Bavaria and beyond.
The Forum Queer Archive sees itself as the "memory" of the LGBTIQ* community. It is a space for people of different sexual orientations and identities and of all ages to meet and engage in constructive debate. Currently, the association consists of almost 100 members between the ages of 26 and 83 and is located near Munich's main train station.
In addition to research and archival work, the Forum Queeres Archiv e.V. publishes artistic, historical and biographical publications, organizes events and projects, and actively works on the preservation and collection of contemporary testimonies. The research work of the association with its archive is one of the most important sources and places for the visibility and history of the queer community in the city of Munich and beyond.
The expertise and experience of the association's volunteers and active members, as well as the archived material, have been and continue to be fundamental to numerous research and exhibition projects, including To Be Seen. Queer Lives 1900-1950 at the NS-Dokuzentrum, 2022-23, Archives in Residency: Forum Queer Archive München at Haus der Kunst, 2021-2022, TransVision at Amerikahaus Munich, 2021. In 2019, a research group on the Munich painter and academy professor Paul Hoecker (1854-1910) was founded at the Forum.
For the project "On Listening" Philipp Gufler, artist and long-time active member of the association realized a cinematic portrait of Albert Knoll's decades of archival and research work with a focus on Albert Knoll's self-initiated interviews with witnesses. Albert Knoll is a founding member of the Forum and has been on the board ever since. This new short film, together with selected archive material, provides a very personal and deep insight into Knoll's historical work as well as his commitment to the association with a focus on oral history(s) and witnessing.