Psychological counseling has to provide a safe space where gender identity and sexual orientation are accepted and not questioned or looked upon condescendingly. Therefore PLUS was founded: a psychological counseling centre for lgbtiaq+ people.
+ other sexual, romantic and gender minorities
Our offers are open to anybody who is lgbtiaq+ and the people around them, as well as professional institutions.
PLUS offers psychological counseling for individuals, couples and families.
Possible topics are: coming-out, transition, relationships, family, starting a rainbow family, experiences of discrimination/violence, mental health.
(Free Couseling concerning sexual health is provided by KOSI.MA.)
(Free Counseling concerning asylum is provided by our refugee project. Scroll down to 'Refugees welcome' for more information.)
The first 4 counseling sessions are free for everybody - this is made possible by the statewide project LSBTTIQ Beratung Baden-Württemberg.
Due to the financing of the city of Heidelberg and the Rhein-Neckar district, all counseling sessions are free to anyone from Heidelberg or the Rhein-Neckar district.
Due to the financing of the city of Mannheim, all counseling sessions are free to anyone from Mannheim until the age of 27 years, their family and professionals working with lgbtiaq+ youth.
Appointments can be made via e-mail: or telephone: 0621- 33 62 110 (Tuesdays between 4 and 6 pm and Thursdays between 9 and 11 am). Googlemail and gmail often filter our emails as spam so please check your spam folder for our responses.
PLUS supports teens, young adults and their families in the often stressful but also liberating time of coming-out.
There are five established youth groups (JuLe, Gipfelstürmer, Deltaboys, sT*ernchen and sT*ars), open to any teen and young adult searching advise or community. The youth goups organise themselves and meet regularly. What meetings look like is up to each group. Group leaders are supervised by psychologists of PLUS.
Teens and young adults at PLUS also organise themselves (= JUGEND von PLUS) and create community spaces together.
More information about the youth groups and JUGEND von PLUS can be found on the youth's homepage.
Cooking Love in Mannheim
Do you also think that eating together is the best way to make friends? There will be a cooking evening in November again. Come along, let’s meet and eat tasty food together! Harald, Rami and Daniel invite you, everbody is welcome!
Date: 17th of November, 5 pm
Location: Hafenkirche (Port church) in Kirchenstraße 11, 68159 Mannheim, Jungbusch (tram stop: Rheinstraße; bus stop: Akademiestraße)
The event follows current Corona regulations. Please stay at home if you feel sick. It's appreciated if you get tested for Corona before the event. Please bring your mask - and good vibes, of course :)
Queer International Meet Up in Heidelberg
Monthly meetings & events for lgbtiaq+ people from around the world:
The year is closing in, and with our last two meetings in 2023 we want to get into the holiday spirit.
On November 28 Pink Monday will take place in the Altstadt - an evening for queers and friends at Marktplatz with pink lights, Glühwein and Mariah Carey('s music). We will meet starting from 6pm in front of the fountain - feel free to join throughout the evening (until 9pm). The market is not so big, so we will easily find each other. Let us know if and when you would like to join.
Looking forward to the festive season!
ILSE-Group Rhein Neckar
ILSE (Initiative of lesbian and gay parents) is a group of lesbian women and gay men who want or have children. We meet once a month, to share experiences and opinions, give eachother advice, and to enjoy ourselves. If you want to meet us: Mail: Homepage.
We provide counseling, information and support for lgbtiaq+ refugees and have taken up the cause of raising awareness of flight on seeking refugee on grounds of homo- and transphobia. We offer
- information and support for lgbtiaq+ refugees, especially for those in the Rhein-Neckar-region
- information and support from volunteers
- meetings and get-togethers for lgbtiaq+ refugees (Unicorn Refugees & Bunte Frauen)
- conferences and events to discuss the experiences and needs of lgbtiaq+ refugees
For more information please contact
Googlemail and gmail often filter our emails as spam so please check your spam folder for our responses.
3.12. Queer Refugees Speaking Up
The groups Unicorn Refugees and Bunte Frauen will talk about the situation of queer refugees in the asylum process in Germany.
Time & location: 4-6 pm at Café Leitstelle (Emil-Maier-Str. 16, 69115 Heidelberg)
13.12. Get together and information for volunteers
PLUS is currently looking for people who can translate during counselling sessions with queer refugees for the following languages: Ukrainian, Russian, Farsi, Urdu, Arabic, or other languages.
Further, we are looking for people who want to support queer refugees voluntarily to manage the challenges of the asylum procedure and other existential issues, like search for a job or accommodation.
If you are interested, we´d be happy to receive your message at
Time & location: 4:30 pm at PLUS e.V., Max-Joseph-Straße 1, 68167 Mannheim
16.12. Info session and open consultations for queer refugees
The counseling team for lsbtiaq+ refugees of PLUS e.V. gives infos for new arrived people about the queer community in Mannheim and the Rhine-Neckar region and the services of PLUS e.V. and advises you with your individual concerns.
You don't need to register, just come by!
The event is in English and German. If you need an interpreter, please send us an email:
When: from 3 to 5 pm
Where: at the Queer Center Mannheim (QZM) in G7,14, 68159 Mannheim