Visiting Podcast

Two queer foreigner's guide to the city of Zurich.At first glance, the LGBTIQ+ community seems to offer easy access for newcomers to connect, either through online apps or queer community spaces. Yet for people with different cultural backgrounds sometimes assimilation into Swiss life has its challenges. The podcast “Visiting?” by Benjamin Hampel and Brian McCabe is here to offer a helping hand. Ben arrived from Germany, at the end of his time as a medical student. What was initially was planned as a short four-month layover evolved into eleven years and counting. In the meantime, he became the medical co-director of Checkpoint, a queer health centre. Brian relocated from Ireland in 2012 with his husband. He and his best friend Dominik started to transform the party scene in Zurich. They founded Kweer Ball - a party that celebrates true diversity and togetherness. They didn’t stop there and continued with queer safe spaces such as Explicit, Drag Brunch Zurich and TEA – a day dance. So why the name

Two queer foreigner's guide to the city of Zurich.At first glance, the LGBTIQ+ community seems to offer easy access for newcomers to connect, either through online apps or queer community spaces. Yet for people with different cultural backgrounds sometimes assimilation into Swiss life has its challenges. The podcast “Visiting?” by Benjamin Hampel and Brian McCabe is here to offer a helping hand. Ben arrived from Germany, at the end of his time as a medical student. What was initially was planned as a short four-month layover evolved into eleven years and counting. In the meantime, he became the medical co-director of Checkpoint, a queer health centre. Brian relocated from Ireland in 2012 with his husband. He and his best friend Dominik started to transform the party scene in Zurich. They founded Kweer Ball - a party that celebrates true diversity and togetherness. They didn’t stop there and continued with queer safe spaces such as Explicit, Drag Brunch Zurich and TEA – a day dance. So why the name "Visiting?”. Well, this is the most frequent question asked on dating apps like Grindr or Scruff when you are new to a city or passing through. For many, these are the first contacts in a new city, but it can also the question you continually ask yourself as an “ex-pat”. When does one stop being a visitor? At which point can you say that you have truly arrived? Ben and Brian ask this question, tell stories from the point of view of ex-pats, refugees or visitors with the aim to help not only those who are new to Zurich but also those who have always lived here - to understand this city and each other better.

Episodes: 7

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Visiting? - Renan Carvalho aka HAUSVRAU

Duration: 1 hr 18 min

Visiting? - Brandy Butler

Duration: 1 hr 7 min

Visiting? - Micha Finkelstein

Duration: 1 hr 0 min

Visiting? - Jovana Hitz aka Jo DyKing

Duration: 1 hr 1 min

Visiting? - Evalyn Eatdith

Duration: 52 min

Visiting? - Brian and Ben

Duration: 49 min

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