Violence Against Gays – That Is Just Not Right ! MANEO – The Gay Anti-Violence Project in Berlin – intruduces itself


Berlin city’s Mayor, Klaus Wowereit

“For many years I have followed with respect and compassion MANEO’s professional efforts in supporting the victims of violence as well as their focus on educational and informational work. Even though Berlin has earned the reputation of being a tolerant city, there is still a lot of work to be done in order for gays and lesbians to live free from discrimination. There is still the need for advice and support, and above all informing society.”

“Bearing this in mind I commend the current efforts of MANEO to extend their violence preventative public relations projects. While the senate’s department for Education Youth and Sport has financially supported the project since 1990, Berlin has set another mark by extending the support of a new campaign for information and tolerance organised by MANEO with the help of the funds from the German lottery Berlin. Berlin takes a serious interest in defending its reputation of being an open and tolerant city.”

“I would be delighted if many people from all walks of life express their disapproval towards violence and exclusion also towards homosexuals, so that they make it clear that they support anti-violence projects like MANEO.”

MANEO project manager, Bastian Finke

“The gay anti-violence project MANEO in partnership with Mann-o-Meter has been in existence for 16 years. MANEO is the most experienced gay anti violence project in Germany. We have a huge volume of phone calls every single day. We advise and support over 300 victims of violence every year. Another important part of our work is the documentation of anti gay activities in Berlin and the county of Brandenburg. The aim of our work is to contribute to show that anti gay violence is not a petty crime and bring this to light. Another important of our work is anti violent public relations work. The latter is there to point out the dangers of anti gay violence and to indicate that it remains society’s responsibility to spread sufficient information to overcome homophobia.”

“Without the help of our volunteers, as well as the many of our supporters who have accompanied our project over the years, we couldn’t have provided the quality of support and advice that our project offers today. I would like to express my thanks to all of you.”

"We would like to extend and develop our project work. In order to be able to do this, we continue to rely upon our friends and supporters. This year, as in any other year, we are dependant upon donations."



I will survive

MANEO comes from the Latin expression for “I continue to exist. It doesn’t matter what happens to me. I will survive” just like it is described in Gloria Gaynor’s disco hit “I will survive” which dates back to a time in which gays faced many more difficulties than they do today. The situation for gay and lesbian people in Germany has improved considerably within the last ten years. But it is still not enough. Have you been insulted on the street lately by being called “queer” or “stupid gay boy?” Violence against gays, verbal or physical with bodily harm is, unfortunately, still part of everyday life. We decided to act.

Insult number one

“Gay” is still (or again?) the biggest insult in the playground in schools which also indicates that being gay has become more visible in society. The have fought and gained their place in society in doing do they have made themselves more noticeable and open for attacks from certain parts of society. Young people often use “gay” as a synonym for “weak” or “strange”. Trifling? No, because what they do is devaluating facts, things or people. It is especially young men who try to prove their manliness and strength by attacking gays. Homosexuals end up being the victim of it all. Violence starts with words already. Unfortunately, the second favourite swear word still is “You gay pig.”

‘No show areas’

Every gay know best where not to go, where not to kiss his partner, in order to be left alone. Even in a liberal city like Berlin it is often advisable to be discreet in certain parts of the city where gay life is not so well established. What happens when, despite all precautions, you come across problems and dangerous situations? A punch in the face? A kick in the ribcage? One insult too many that hurts your soul?

MANEO ensures that no gay man has to carry their burdens alone because he doesn’t know who to turn to for help. All gay victims of violence have a place at MANEO, where they can find someone they can talk to, where face to face or on the telephone.


MANEO’S work

What we do

MANEO is an independent project of Mann-O-Meter e.V. (registered organisation of charity), Berlin’s gay information and advice bureau at the underground station “Nollendorfplatz.” Mann-O-Meter is located in a popular gay neighbourhood in the district of Berlin-Schoeneberg. We have two offices there and you can phone us between 5 and 7 pm everyday, or you just pop in. So it does not take much to drop by for a cup of coffee and a chat. If you prefer to stay anonymous or just favour an easier way to get in touch with us, you, of course, can check our website:

MANEO works with volunteers and full-time staff. At the moment there is one full-time staff (project leader), one young man doing his community service (alternative to military service) and ten volunteers. Latter help us with manning the phones and giving personal initial advice at the weekends.

Target group

MANEO advice and care is directed at gay and bi-sexual people who are victims of violent acts and anti gay discrimination. Included here are victims of domestic violence. There is also violence in gay relationships. We also support relatives, partners and witnesses of violent acts. These people are also very important to us, because witnesses can suffer from the experience of violence too. This is why they often make a quick escape form the crime scene. Later on they often feel ashamed and scared, because they did not stay there. The fact that they are not around when the crime is being investigated makes it difficult to find the culprit in many of the cases. MANEO is located in the heart of Berlin, which attracts tourists, people coming here to work and lots of inexperienced young men, who only just had their coming-out moving here from the “provinces.” MANEO wants to be a first point of advice for them.

Advice and action

MANEO’s first priority is victim support. Victims of violence and discrimination shall come here to feel welcome for our support. MANEO offers advice and support of any kind. In order to avoid violent activity in the first place, MANEO offers anti-violence projects that are meant for prevention and education. Part of this is the documentation of criminal acts that have not been reported to the authorities. Scientists estimate that more than 80 % of the crimes against homosexuals do not result in a conviction. We are dedicated to increasing the rate of conviction.

Our anti violence prevention is based upon analysing information which are partly findings from our victim support work, but also from our documentation of violent activities. We inform the public about our work on a regular basis and report on current occurrences. We organise anti violence seminars and special lessons at police schools. By now most of the police force knows what homophobic violence means and have been specially trained to deal with cases involving the matter.


How MANEO helps

Victim support

The Berlin anti-violence project MANEO was founded in 1990 under the name “gay emergency hotline, Berlin.” Since then around 3000 cases of violence against gay and bisexual men have been reported to us. Many more victims have been informed, advised or supported by us free of charge. The project advises 300 affected people every year, documents violent acts with homophobic background and offers PR work that helps to prevent violence.


The MANEO package covers information, advice and support in the form of psychosocial support, in the short term as well as in the long term. It is not important for us whether the act of violence happened five minutes or five years ago. Victims are supported so that at the end they will be able to help themselves again (empowerment) in order to live each day free from the fear of violence. MANEO supports the victim by offering to accompany them to the police, or lawyer or a court of law. They also help the victim find the strength to confront their attacker in a conflict regulation outside the law courts (“victim-offender-mediation”), for example.

Being close to the scene

Our project work is aware of the fact that victims in the past often felt very uncomfortable to consult non-gay advice centers, which is why we make sure that when we offer our support their sexual orientation is taken into account. We do not initiate any action against our clients’ wishes.


The “MANEO campaign for tolerance”

Here we go !

The main financial support comes from the Berlin’s administrational ‘department for education, youth and sport’. The sub-department responsible for us is the one for ‘homosexual ways of life’. We have not received any major rise in the financial support coming from this department, although our numbers of clients are continously growing, which means that we have to rely on donations.
This year we received lottery money from the “German Lottery Foundation Berlin” (DKLB). We would like to use this to extend our PR work. It has made possible the biggest PR campaign in over ten years!

Some things change, some do not

Even though Berlin is well known for being a liberal city, there are still too many violent attacks against gay people which regularly demand the attention of the police and the law courts.
The finances available to our project in the past years have not been nearly enough to support our public relations work that highlights the changes in our city and gay scene. The changes have been caused by such factors as new arrivals in the city, tourism and migration. We have often realised that many victims and other people affected by discrimination were not aware of our project and the work that we do. Because of this many of these people have not found their way to us or the police. That is why the main aim of our information campaign is to make ourselves and our work known to the public. Thanks to the lottery money we are able to react to the changed conditions in Berlin.

Information and education are the answers

MANEO now wants to spend the next three years working out an information campaign which will target the issue of anti-gay violence and award this the public attention that it deserves. We aim to make MANEO’s work popular to a wider audience in the gay scene and to fight against the widespread belittling of homophobic violence: violence and discrimination shall not be simply accepted as normality. This also means to report any act of anti-gay violence. Due to the fact that Berlin has developed into a popular travel destination, we have decided to offer our information material in several languages. In addition to this, we want to make more people aware of the problem of ant-gay violence. This we try by making it more visible to the general public. We would like to point out to the society that civil liberties that have been fought for have to be protected and that anti gay violence does not have a place in our city.



“Are you gay, or what?”

Homophobia: unfounded, exaggerated – sometimes even an obsessed fear of or anxiety towards homosexuality and homosexuals (definition by ). People are being isolated, discriminated or attacked because of being gay or taken for being gay, not mattering where they come from.

Homophobia does not fall from the sky

Homophobia becomes visible through regular attacks. The crime is often commited by a specific kind of people. There are laws that sanction and condone such attacks. Such attacks are an expression of the culprit’s anti gay attitude.
We do not think that this attitude is free from influences from the society the person lives in, which does not make it an isolated part of one’s personality.
We look at it as being part of an individual biography, which also contains homophobic tendencies that can be found in our culture and society. The culprit bases his attitude on prejudices towards homosexuals that are still latent in the society, such as homosexuals being ill or abnormal. From this assumption the attacker derives that it is acceptable to attack and rob homosexuals.

Education is necessary

Our information makes it clear that there is anti gay discrimination and violence in our society. You can find it across the whole society. That is why we think it is important that we fight against homophobic attitudes across the whole society.

Anti gay violence, we think, is often based on patriarchal structures, the search for the male identity and lack of sexual education. Our knowledge and efforts back up what has already been confirmed by scientists.


Men as victims

“Are you a victim, or what?”

The word "victim" ranks just behind "gay" as a swear word amongst young people. So what can be worse than a gay victim?

The victim support and the gay movement are both social movements. Public and civil institutions have tried for years to develop sensitivity towards victims of violent and criminal acts. Traditionally our society mostly cares about the culprits (and their punishments). The needs of the victims have been neglected. Nowadays youth provoke their parents with the help of martial macho attitudes, which are meant to show who is stronger: “Victims” and “gays” are weak. So does it come as a surprise that many young people are afraid of contacting a victim support organisation?

“Big boys don’t cry!”

Society still primarily believes that gay men are men, and men are known not to be victims. A man has the power to handle things himself and violence is only directed from him because he has the potential to be a danger for other people. The message to young boys, whether they are gay or heterosexual, is that they cannot be hurt by anything: “Big boys don’t cry”. Who gets into the life boats first? Women and children do.

Statistics however report something entirely different. If you look at cases of murder and manslaughter, robbery and grievous bodily harm, two thirds of the victims are male. But women are ten times more likely to become a victim of sexual violence.

“Just don’t be a weakling!”

If men become victims things often get complicated. Because there is that myth of man being the stronger part of society, the victims find themselves in a crisis of identity. Men do not like to admit that they need help; this also applies to gay men. They are scared to fulfill the general cliché of someone being gay, i.e. being a weakling. MANEO takes this into account and contributes to male emancipation work. Male stereotypes lead to immense pressure for affected people. That is why MANEO always acts regarding the issue of fragile male identity.


MANEO helps and reports

“Gay pig!”

Violence against gays is horrible, but, unfortunately, part of everyday life. MANEO documents all violent and criminal acts which are reported to our project. We have lots of file but this is only the tip of the iceberg. Enough incidents are still kept in the dark and not brought to our attention.

“What is this about!?”

This is about an incident which happened on 9th March 2004 at the underground station Mendelssohn Bartholdy Park in Berlin. A gay man aged 35 was attacked by a group of youths at the entrance of the station; this group is apparently notorious for causing problems. As he wanted to pass the group he was called a gay pig. A lit cigarette stub was flicked in his direction and hit him on the neck. When he reacted and asked them what they though they were doing, he was attacked from behind.

He was already standing on the escalator when he pulled backwards to the ground. The culprits beat and kicked him in a very brutal manner. As the victim called out very loudly for help a witness who was standing on the platform ordered them to stop the attack which made them run away from the scene. A group of girls offered the victim him their help. The man made his way to his partners flat and from there he was taken to hospital. The victim sustained a broken finger and a wound to the head. He reported the attack to the authorities.

“Filthy Poof!”

Müggelsee bathing beach, 3 July 2001, Lunchtime. Two gay friends, 23 and 24 were provoked and verbally abused by a group of youths (filthy poofs) one was kicked in the face and subsequently suffered a severe facial injury. The victim sustained five breaks to his jaw and had to be fed intravenously for quite a while. He had to endure several months of operations.


MANEO supported both victims through discussions and helped organize the necessary formalities and pass these on to other important authorities and organizations. Up until the trial which took place 12 months after the attacks the victims stayed in contact with us and informed us about the progress of their psychological recovery.


MANEO takes feelings seriously

“Don’t be such a wimp”

Violence causes a chaos of one’s feelings. MANEO, being a victim support and advice bureau, knows about this problem. Gay men are often faced with a social environment that suspects them to quickly be able to cope with a situation. After shocking incidents gay people are often faced with old nightmares of their time of their "coming out" crisis situations and coming to terms with their feelings of being gay. Victims tend to feel ashamed, angry and scared. A chaos of one’s feelings and emotions that is based on shame, fear and anger.

“I don’t know where to go.”

Victims of violent attacks often feel left alone and misunderstood - sometimes simply scared and defenseless. In addition they happen to feel that they come second to the interests of other authorities and institutions, such as the police, insurance companies, or the law courts – in the eyes of the courts of law they are often only used as a means to give a verdict, and their feelings are left on the sidelines. Some victims even feel guilty themselves or they are accused of having provoked or contributing to the attack. Even friends often say "why did you have to act so gay?" or "why did you have to dress the way you did?"

MANEO takes victims seriously

MANEO takes the problems and fear of the victims seriously and also the ones of the witnesses. MANEO doesn’t do anything that is not approved by the victim and offers and advises on the possibilities of prosecuting, reporting to the police and other alternatives. We mediate between lawyers, doctors and accompany them to the police and the law courts.

The first contact is often via the telephone. We also offer the possibility of getting in touch by email which offers them anonymity. The doors of the MANEO advice office at Nollendorfplatz are always open, most of the advisory services happen here. If the situation is serious, we also come to the hospital.


Fear and anguish on the public transport

”We hate gays!”

What a nice feeling, wandering through Berlin at night with all the other “party people” that paint the town red in order to find true happiness – but sometimes all you find is pure hatred.

Finally on the way home

Early on Sunday morning two gay friends were on their way home on the S-Bahn (city train). At the station “Neukölln” a group of seven young men gets on the train. The youngest among them were about 18, the group leader was about 25. One member of the group suddenly shouts: “Are you gay?” Before the victims were able to say anything, other people from the group started shouting: “You are definitely gay” and “Gays are the last piece of dirt/gays are a piece of shit” as well as “We hate gays.” One of the gays replied saying: “Even if, gays are humans too.” The gang leader responded by telling them: “The gay Wowereit won’t help you here. We are in Neukölln. “ One of the attackers shortly after spat in one of the victim’s face, only to be joined by the rest of the group.

“Please help us!”

At the next stop the victims managed to get onto the neighboring carriage and shouted: „Please help us! They want to beat up gays!” Three of the about twenty passengers on the carriage immediately reacted, two young men and a young woman. They asked about what happened. The victims welcomed this sympathy, which they thought felt good.

A victim of "Happy Slapping"
(attacks filmed on a mobile phone)

However, the feeling of security was deceptively, because at one of the next stops they were joined by the attackers again. One of the victims could just about see how one member of the group directed his video handy at them in order to film what was about to happen. One of the younger attackers kick boxed one of the victims’ head and temple, while the others started punching and kicking his friend.


Witnesses stopped the train and one of them was calling the police while the attackers managed to escape. Some of the passengers had looked after the victims until the police finally arrived.
At hospital was diagnosed with a fractured nasal bone and serious bruises across the face and body. He has suffered from bad headaches ever since. The other one ended up with bruises in the face, his ribcage and legs.
The police investigates.


A victims`s story

“Something always remains”

Juergen, 42, from Berlin was drugged and subsequently robbed, right in the middle of the gay scene. The gay scene is a popular “hunting ground” for criminals. They assume that gay people are easy prey.

“I felt so safe.”

“It was a lovely relaxed summer evening in Berlin. I was out at a gay party at the Metropol. At around 4:00 in the morning at the bar, I spotted someone who was just my type; dark hair and beautiful eyes. He invited me to a glass of sparkling wine and I though “bingo!!!” At some point I needed to go to the toilet. After that I had a complete blackout. I only vaguely remember that I must have left the establishment. The next morning I woke up in hospital. A very good lesbian police woman friend of mine happened to be on duty that night and found me lying on the pavement on Golzstr covered in blood. She then took me to the hospital and stayed at my bedside. That was a good feeling.”

„I just don’t know what happened.“

“All my money and papers had gone and I had sustained cuts and bruises to my whole body. I have no idea where I got them from; thank God I hadn’t broken any bones. I was released from hospital the very same day. When I got home I locked myself in my flat. The way that I looked I dint want to be seen on the streets. I continued to work as I was self-employed but I didn’t go out for weeks and when I did I avoided the Nollendorfplatz area. I had always felt do safe there before. Of course I reported the incident to the authorities and also to MANEO. I can still see the guys face in front of me and I would recognise him again. But what would it achieve, I cannot prove anything.”

“I still have nightmares.”

It has now been about two to three years since the attack happened but sometime I still wake up in the middle of the night. I dream that I stagger down the street and run into a car. My life goes on and I don’t feel limited in any way, but I have become more cautious. I even take my beer to the toilet with me. After two weeks my cuts and bruises had disappeared, but mentally the wound will never quite heal.

A question of attitude

For your own safety

There is nothing that can offer you a 100 per cent security. Many of the suggestions often imply that the victim could have avoided the attack if only they had have acted differently. Afterwards you always know better. MANEO does not pass the blame bucket, but aims at strengthening people’s self-confidence and reinstallation of a person’s autonomy.

Admit to what you are

Your sexuality is yours and is an important part of your personality. Sexuality is more than just sexual intercourse; it has a close connection with your sense of self worth and identity. Take your time and talk about that with people you are close to and the people you know you can trust. Self confidence and the sense of self worth help you to realize dangers and avoid them.

Acting self confidently

Self confident appearances and attitudes often protect you from verbal abuse and violent physical attacks. To become a more self confident person can be learned in training sessions. We can provide you with contacts and addresses.

Talking about it

Tell people you trust about your insecurities, questions or incidents which have shocked you or incidents which concern you. We offer you to come to us with your questions and problems. Together we can find solutions and answers to your problems and of course all in total confidence.

Reporting a crime
Whoever has become a victim of violence finds it unbearable to go to a police station and being faced with unpleasant questions. However, to report an incident is vital, for yourself and your self-confidence, because someone did you an injustice. If you want, MANEO offers you support by getting things done, which means going to the authorities and reporting what happened to you. This way we can initiate the prosecution process.


MANEO´s advise

For day and night

Your will protect yourself and others, if you are careful and show solidarity.

When you go out only take as much money as you need. Don’t show off in front of strangers how much money or how many valuable you have. Leave your valuables at home.

Trust your gut feeling if it is trying to tell you something. There is no shame in feeling scared. It actually accentuates your senses.

Pay attention to your surroundings. Try to avoid dark streets and alleys. Stay close to people and well lit streets.

If you want to go off with someone you have only just met, introduce him to a friend or the bar keeper before you leave.

You don’t have to go home to have fun and sex with your one night stand. Go to a hotel or a sauna instead.

If you do take your one night stand home, only take one person with you.

If you happen to witness an attack, do not ignore it. Don’t look away. Get help and inform the police – as well as MANEO!

If the situation feels awkward or strange to you, try to alert other people around you, exchange each others thoughts on it and then decide what you can do about this.

If the situation calls for it be cooperative and don’t lose track of what is happening.

If there is more than one attacker, try to pay attention to at least one of them. Many attackers are scared off by a self confident appearance.

Nearby people are potential witnesses. Approach them and ask for their help.

Keep an eye on your drink. If a stranger buys you an already open beer or a ready mixed cocktail, be aware.

Don’t get involved with people who are under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. Long nights, a lot of alcohol or other kinds of drugs can lead to a deep sleep and lead to further consequences for you. The person you took home with you can use this opportunity to commit a crime.

The dangers on the internet

Beware of ‘blind dates’

There are a lot of internet portals in which gay men contact others and even look for their Mr Right. At least this in safer than cruising around car parks late at night, don’t you think? It is difficult to evaluate someone you met online: You neither know his body language nor what his voice is like, how he looks at people or what is facial expressions are like.

Choose an e-mail address that makes it impossible to make any connections to your person and use this contact address for chatting with strangers. Be careful with giving out your work e-mail address. Many companies check up on their employees’ correspondence.

Only send pictures you can identify yourself with.

Work out how much information you are willing to give out to someone you met online. There might be details you could be identified with or that could be used to blackmail you.

No doubt that there should be fair play online as well when it comes to exchanging pictures, personal details or addresses. However, you don’t always know whether the details reflect the true image.

Take yourself time if you want to get to know someone. Do not put yourself under pressure or let anyone else pressurize you. Should the latte be the case, it would make it easier for you to work out when something seems strange.

Don’t go to someone’s place if you don’t know him properly, let alone invite him to your own place straightaway. Why don’t meet in a café?

Choose the afternoon for your first date. That eases up the atmosphere and you are more likely to drink coffee than alcohol. It gives you a clearer picture. Tell your blind date that you told a friend about you two meeting up with each other.

Whatever way the date ends, be honest to your blind date. If you do not want to see him again, then stand by it and tell him that. You do not have to do this there and then. Go home, sleep over it and tell him about your decision the next day. Be nice and friendly, but honest and firm.

MANEO works on an international scale

All linked up

Since 1992 we have worked together with professional victim support organisations. We are member organisation of “Arbeitskreis der Opferhilfen in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland – ado” (ado is a member organisation of the “European Forum for Victims Services” – EFVS). We brought Berlin`s “Gay and Lesbian City-Festival” to life (1993-98), founded the “Prevention and Settlement fund Tempelhof-Schoeneberg, PAF (2000) and in cooperation with the Berlin department for Justice initiated a witness room at the regional court Berlin (2003). MANEO is also involved in numerous other workshops and specialist departments; we try to show our presence in as many social institutions in order to represent our interests. We have become a model for other similar gay anti-violence projects across Germany.

MANEO in Europe

We have also been involved in international projects for quite a while. The cooperation with the French partner organisation SOS Homophobia has been intensified. The same is true for the Foundation of Equal Rights (Fundacja Rownosci) and the campaign against homophobia (KPH – Kampagnia Przeciw Homofobii) in Poland. Since January 2005 the MANEO tolerance group (Tolerancja Po Polsku) has been meeting regularly. We have agreed to work and pull together.

The Tolerancja Declaration

“We unite our power for the building of a civil society in Europe in which we can live in harmony, free of discrimination. We declare our solidarity which will help us to achieve this goal.

In the spirit of the European Human Rights convention we oppose hatred, violence and discrimination against social minorities. We show our solidarity with people who stand up for civil rights, equal rights and the protection of minorities and the maintenance of the European Human Rights convention.

We want to fight against discrimination and isolation of homosexuals in a unified Europe. We want that the basic and human rights of lesbians and gays are being respected.”

“Tolerantia Award”
For the fist time in 2006 our projects have rewarded the Tolerancja Award to personalities from France Poland and Germany who have fought against acts of violence and hatred and for equal rights in their countries. The reward is a symbol for our mutual efforts.


MANEO is right

The law is on our side!

It is no longer a question of good will or humanity only to respect gay people. The German law makes it quite clear: It is illegal, to humiliate gays because of their identity. Whoever violates this commits a crime.

What do you mean sick?

On the 17 May 1990 the World Health Organization (WHO) decided to remove homosexuality from the list of psychological illnesses. On the initiative of the French man Louis-Georges Tin the “International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA),” which is the world’s leading gay and lesbian organization, decided to use this occasion and declare the 17 May the “International Day against Homophobia.”

Long live Europe!

In their declaration of the 18 January 2006 the European Parliament emphasized that discrimination because of sexual orientation will be heavily punished. All member states are required to ensure that homosexual men and women are protected from hate campaigns and violence, and that the fight against homophobia is strengthened through means of education and that cases of discrimination and violence are documented. This applies to Germany and France, as well as to Poland.

Fundamental law of equal treatment

After a long struggle the Grand Coalition Government in Germany agreed on a German version of the European anti-discrimination law. In the civil rights’ part of the law not only is the discrimination of sex and ethnical background forbidden, as stated by the EU, but also against handicap, age and sexual identity as well as faith and religion. The Conservatives eventually had to make concessions when it came to the question of sexual identity. The Berlin regional constitution on the contrary has had a law in place for this for quite some time already: “No one is allowed to be disadvantaged or privileged because of her or his sexual identity.”


MANEO has brought to life numerous unique initiatives and projects across the country. MANEO’s efforts were rewarded with the “Mete-Eksi-Award” in 1999, the “Berlin Gay Pride Award for Courage” in 2001 and the violence prevention award “Chance-Award” in 2006. In 2003 the Regional Commission Berlin Against Violence praised MANEO’s work and importance for violence prevention. Every legal and social step forward, among them the introduction of the discrimination law, eventually is a sign that MANEO is on the right track.
MANEO now awards other initiatives for their work and effort. However, there is still quite a lot of work to do, as you can see with regard to our neighbour country Poland.


MANEO summarised + imprint

MANEO – The gay anti-violence project in Berlin (since 1990)
Address: MANEO c/o Mann-O-Meter e.V.
Buelowstr. 106
10783 Berlin

E-Mail: maneo[at]
Office Phone: 030- 217 532 13
Fax: 030-236 381 42
(Opening times: Monday 2-4 pm, and Thursday 11am-1pm)
Contact person: Mr Bastian Finke (Soziologist), MANEO-Project Manager

Bank für Sozialwirtschaft – BLZ 100 205 00
Konto: 312 60 00
Note: “MANEO/ victim support”

Gay emergency hotline and victim support
(“Schwules Überfalltelefon und Opferhilfe”)
Advisory hotline: 030-216 33 36 (Lines are open from 5-7pm every day)
Fax: 030-236 381 42
E-Mail: info[at]

Project section “MANEO-Tolerance-Campaign”

Phone: 030-707 256 45
Fax: 030-707 256 45
E-mail: toleranzkampagne[at]

Important cooperation:
- Gay Weimart Triagle
- Association of victim support groups in Germany (ado)
- German Equality and Welfare Union (DPWV) Regional Section Berlin
- Prevention and Settlement fund Tempelhof-Schoeneberg (PAF)
- Work shop of gay and emergency hotlines and gay anti-violence project in Germany (ASAD)

MANEO is an independent Project of and supported
by Mann-O-Meter e.V.
Address: Mann-O-Meter e.V.
Berlin’s gay information and advice centre (since 1985)
Bülowstrasse 106
10783 Berlin

Phone: 030-216 80 08
Fax: 030-215 70 78
E-mail: info[at]


Herausgeber: MANEO – Das schwule Anti-Gewalt-Projekt in Berlin
Ein Projekt von Mann-O-Meter e.V.
Bülowstraße 106, 10783 Berlin
Telefon: 030-2163336 – maneo[at]

Projektleitung (Booklet) und verantwortlich für den Inhalt: Bastian Finke

Redaktion: Martin Reichert

Satz und Layout: Hans G. Kegel –
Fotos: (soweit nicht anders angegeben): Hans G. Kegel – Vielen Dank an Bernd und Gunnar

Vielen Dank an die Übersetzer:
Jurek Szczesny (Polnisch), Jennifer Dunkley (Englisch), Regis Schlagdenhaufen und Pascal Thibaut (Französisch)

Berlin, Dezember 2006 – Auflage: 5.000

DKLB Maneo