Hello and welcome to the website of the association (german: Verein) “Anders ? = Anders !”
On this website we post articles about being different. This includes any kind of “different”; all sexualities, identities, spectrum of autism or ADHD, but also all other personal, external and internal characteristics that make you feel different. It is our goal to normalize being different and to give those people who are different, a space in which they are not only understood, but also able to connect with kind and helpful, „different“ people.
Ist really nice that you found us!
Our site is constantly changing; you too are asked to change it. Your difference is not listed here? Tell us and help us to show more and more diversity – tell us in the comments! We hope you enjoy our posts; little by little we will also post more and more, so that there is something for each of you!
your “Anders? = Anders!!” – Team!
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
1: Why did you found this organisation? show
Let’s take a look at our statutes:
Der Verein hat sich zum Ziel gesetzt, Menschen, die sich, ihr Tun, ihren Körper, ihre Sexualität oder ihr Denken, Handeln und Fühlen als anders empfinden, die Teilhabe am sozialen und gesellschaftlichen Leben ohne Verleugnung der eigenen Identität zu begleiten, zu unterstützen, zu ermöglichen, auszubauen und/oder zu festigen. Dazu fördert der Verein die Vernetzung und die digitale Kompetenz. Berücksichtigt wird dabei die individuelle und / oder besondere Situation einer jeden Person mit dem ihr eigenem jeweiligen Potenzial; unabhängig von ihren ethnischen, sozialen und kulturellen Hintergründen.
Der Verein wirbt im gesellschaftlichen und familiären Raum für Akzeptanz und schafft Begegnungen und Freiräume. Der Verein will Hilfe zur Selbsthilfe leisten und zur Stärkung der Selbstverantwortung bei den jeweiligen Personen beitragen. Der Name des Vereines ist Aushängeschild für eben dies!
Die Angebote des Vereins sind niederschwellig und finden sowohl über die sozialen Medien, das Internet als auch in geeigneten Räumen im Kreis Steinburg in Schleswig-Holstein statt.Satzung des Vereins Anders? = Anders!
This passage is actually in german, as the statutes or in german “Satzung” is the legal base for our association und we don’t have an official translation (yet). So this is kind of an inofficial translation powered by Google Translator:
The association has set itself the goal of supporting people who perceive themselves, their actions, their body, their sexuality or their thinking, acting and feeling as different, to accompany them to participate in social and societal life without denying their own identity, enable, expand and/or consolidate. To this end, the association promotes networking and digital competence. The individual and/or special situation of each person with their own respective potential is taken into account; regardless of their ethnic, social and cultural background.
The association promotes social and family acceptance and creates encounters and freedom. The association wants to provide help for self-help and contribute to strengthening the personal responsibility of the respective people. The name of the association is a figurehead for just that!
The offers of the association are low-threshold and take place via social media, the Internet and in suitable rooms in the district of Steinburg in Schleswig-Holstein.Statutes of “Anders? = Anders! e.V.” translated by Google
2: How did you come up with the idea of founding the association? show
We, the founders of the association, come from both urban and rural areas. Being different in the (big) city means looking for groups, friends and places where you are accepted as you feel. It’s not always easy, but it’s all the more difficult in the countryside and in times of Corona.
We have experienced how we could not develop freely without having to pay attention to the sensitivities of others. The boy at a party with makeup on, the girl without a dress, a person who doesn’t yet know what gender they are or will love, a person with ADHD or autism. All these people are often alone because they don’t fit into society. And we want to help solve these problems.
3: What is the philosophy of your club? show
The philosophy can already be found in our statutes, but we also believe that free development can only take place if there is also free space for it. Often this does not exist, which means that many cannot develop freely. This is where we start and open up a space in which individuality is promoted through the rejection of hate and prejudice and the celebration of being different.
4: What does „being different“ mean to you? show
Anything that doesn’t fit into the societal norm
Everything that is looked at wrong
Anything that makes you feel limited
Anything that makes society feel weird
Anything to tease about
…everything that is not normal!<
5: Who is allowed to participate? Only the LGBTQ community? show
Everyone is welcome who feels different. Everyone is welcome who wants to help others find themselves. Everyone is welcome who wants to find themselves.
We are LGBTQ+ friendly, we advocate for acceptance and we are clearly against any kind of hatred and violence!
6: What do you want to achieve with the association? show
Every person has the right to be happy. When you’re different, it’s easy for society to narrow you down and make you unhappy. We want to start right here and create an oasis in which everyone can feel happy – whether they are different or not.
7: Who are you actually? show
We are a wild mix of different people! From 16-56, neurotypical and -diverse, male and female as well as non-binary with the most diverse personalities, talents and interests. There is a board, the senate and the big team! Every member and non-member has an important function, regardless of whether it is the generation of ideas, creativity or experience. Each game has its own weekly meeting, but they all get together at least once a week.
8: Why is the webcam mandatory for discussion groups? show
Communication with each other suffers extremely when gestures and facial expressions are banned. We often experience that misunderstandings arise simply because one does not see the facial expression with which the person reacts. We want to avoid this. Furthermore, we are against hate! Anonymity breeds hate! And that’s why an opinion needs a face. After all, you don’t pull a paper bag over your head when you go to a barbecue…
9: How do you protect us from trolls in Discord? show
All offers are accompanied by the team members, who ensure that the rules are observed and intervene if someone is trolling. There are no unmoderated offers.
10: How do your offers work? show
Basically, we meet at the specified times in video call on Discord. The moderator(s) will then guide you through the event.
Labarababa: Socke oder Sorgen
At the beginning, each person says whether they have a concern they want to talk about or an everyday topic. Each person is then given 10 minutes of speaking time, during which they can either speak themselves or ask the others for their opinions – or a combination of both.
Relaxation on Thursday. Together we dive into meditative worlds and travel on unknown paths. Rediscover your body, mind and soul!
On Tuesdays we play all sorts of things together: Black Stories, Jeopardy, Gartic Phone, scribble.io, “Stadt, Land, Fluss”… But one thing is guaranteed: lots of fun!
We’ll meet up with our inner circle on Discord and have a really big party! So that you can be there too, we stream everything on Twitch. Bring some good vibes! Who knows, maybe you’ll show up on the dance floor with us soon 🙂
Learning together is fun! We are concentrated together and help each other when we have questions.
11: How do you finance yourself? show
The best question ever, since we are currently offering everything on a voluntary basis!
Currently through membership fees, but we are also open to donations. Public funding is not (yet) established.