Index finger resting on a cube with the gender diversity symbol

Gender and sexual diversity

Information for LGBTIQ* people
Index finger resting on a cube with the gender diversity symbol
Image: Devonorr, istock

The University of Jena is committed to creating an environment where gender diversity is natural and can be lived openly. The University should be a place where trans*, inter* and non-binary people can study and work without being ashamed or afraid of discrimination and where they can exercise their rights.

Information

Support for people from the LGBT*IQ community who have fled Ukraine is offered by the Berlin-based association QuarteeraExternal link, which has been bringing together queer Russian-speaking people in Germany since 2011. The association's website (in German) lists links to other contact and counselling centres as well as organisations.

  • Information on the German Civil Status Act

    With effect from 22 December 2018, intersex people living in Germany can choose between ‘diverse’ or ‘not specified’ in addition to the genders ‘male’ and ‘female’ when making an entry in the civil status register.

    Individuals with variations in sex development can apply to have previous entries amended or replaced.

    The legal basis is provided by Section 22, Subsection 3 and Section 45 b, Subsection 1, Sentence 1 of the German Civil Status Act (Personenstandsgesetz, PStG).

    As a result, the civil status register now includes four options: ‘female’, ‘male’, ‘diverse’, and ‘not specified’.

    Learn more External link

  • Change of name or gender entry at the University

    In principle, the student's own given name cannot be changed. It is chosen by the legal guardians in connection with birth and is the individual identifying mark of a person. Nevertheless, there are important reasons for changing one's name for which it is possible to deviate from this principle. These include, among others, cases where there is a discrepancy between the official given name and the gender identity of the person who bears that name.

    Students are subject to the following procedure for changing their first name and/or gender on University records. (see also the website "FAQ" of the Diversity Office)

    • The University of Jena wants to reduce experiences of discrimination by its students. For this reason it recognizes the dgti supplementary ID.
    • Please make changes to the personal data registered in the student database using the "Change Notification" form in the Student Service Center. When doing so, please also attach the documents named in the form (e.g. a copy of the dgti supplementary ID). change notification.pdfExternal link
    • Please apply for the change of your University E-Mail address via the URZ Service Desk (the registration change in the Student Administration under (1) should already have been completed). FSUJ Service Desk (uni-jena.de)External link
    • If you want to exchange your Thoska card for one showing the new personal data, then you can get this done at the Thoska office during its opening hours. [Note however that when using the Thoska card as a train ticket, some people will prefer to have it showing the same personal data as their passport.] thoska_Contact (uni-jena.de 

    If you would like to have your name and/or gender entry changed in your student or staff records at the University, please contact the Equal Opportunities Office or the Diversity Office for further information.

    German law regulating the change of first names and legal gender (Gesetz über die Änderung der Vornamen und die Feststellung der Geschlechtszugehörigkeit in besonderen Fällen; in short: Transsexuellengesetz, TSG) Learn more External link

  • Tips for addressing inter*, trans* and non-binary people

    The way we address a person is generally known to be an essential part of their gender expression. Institutions are obliged to address people in a gender-neutral way and must ensue that this option is provided. For non-binary persons, the protection of their general personal rights and their right to be addressed in a way that corresponds to their gender identity not only begin with an official change of civil status.

    Although there are currently no regulations on how to deal with gender diversity in language, there are various ways in which you can show respect for a person's gender identity and to avoid discrimination, for example by using gender-sensitive language.

    Gender-neutral greetings

    • Greeting an individual: Greeting + first name + second name (e.g. ‘Hello Thomas Müller’, ‘Hello Kim Schmidt’)
    • Greeting a group of people: Including gender-neutral forms in German (‘Sehr geehrte Teilnehmende’, ‘Sehr geehrte Damen und Herren und sehr geehrte Interessierte’) and in English (‘Dear participants’, ‘Dear ladies and gentlemen, and dear interested parties’)

    Use of pronouns when speaking about a person

    When addressing a person, you should always take into account their preferred pronoun (often indicated in their personal signature) or simply ask how they prefer to be addressed (e.g. ‘How may I address you?’).

    • Outside the gender binary (he/she, him/her), you can use the person's (first) name instead of using a pronoun (e.g. ‘I spoke to Kim Schmidt. Kim Schmidt said...’).
    • At present, there are also other pronouns being discussed, such as the singular ‘sier’ in German (a combination of ‘sie’ and ‘er’) or ‘they’ in the singular and plural. A list of possible German pronouns is available hereExternal link.

    Further information:

  • All-gender toilets at the University

    Following a decision by the Senate in May 2017, the University of Jena installed all-gender toilets in its central buildings on campus with corresponding signs.

  • Self-organization

    The Student Representative Council's ‘Queer Paradies External link’ unit is a contact point for LGBTQIA+ students. They represent the interests of queer students and offer a space to meet, exchange ideas, get support and, of course, connect to other queer students and allies.

    Friedrich Schiller University Jena is happy to provide organizational support for LGBTIQ* members who want to set up an (online) network in order to exchange their experiences in everyday university life.

    If you are planning to launch such an initiative, please contact the Diversity Office.

    TG DeutschlandExternal link  (formally: Transgender-Deutschland) is a German-language discord server that was founded to offer trans* and gender questioning people a platform for exchange.

Information, advice, and representation of interests

Equal Opportunities Office

Opening hours:
Monday and Tuesday 10:00 to 18:00
Thursday 10:00 to 15:00

Diversity Office

Opening hours:
Telephone consultations by appointment

Postal address:
Please note that our office is located on the first floor at Zwätzengasse 3. This office is not accessible (no lift).
Please inform us of your needs in advance so that we can arrange for a meeting in more suitable premises.

‘Queer-Paradies’ unit of the Student Representative Council