SchwuZ celebrated its 40th birthday on the 30. October 2017.
It was founded in 1977 by the HAW (Homosexual Action West Berlin) and was initially intended as a political platform for different queer groups.
Rosa von Praunheims Film “It Is Not the Homosexual Who Is Perverse, But the Society in Which He Lives” was a major influence on the first activities, with the fight against Paragraph 175 being one of the most important political goals. In the beginning there was only parties on Saturdays with beer, mineral water and a record player. SchwuZ changed location from factory buildings in the Kulmer Straße and Hasenheide, ending up at Mehringdamm 61 where it stayed for 18 years and established itself as a queer party location. With the relocation in 2013 to the old Kindl brewery in Neukölln SchwuZ received larger event spaces, which do not only do the high number of visitors* justice, but also establishes SchwuZ as one of the hottest event locations for parties, concerts, fairs and discussion events.