“Treat us the way you treat everyone else, which hopefully means with respect, kindness and love.”
As part of Germany’s queer rave scene’s iconic duo band TUBBE, Henri Jakobs’ music started out strong – now, as he continues to create a fantastic solo career, Jakobs has also dived deeper into acting and gotten involved with Act Out, a group of queer actors demanding more visibility in German-speaking film, television and theatre.
Jakobs elaborates the group’s mission: “#ActOut is a sociopolitical initiative and manifesto that calls for more acceptance and recognition of queer people both in society and within the German-speaking film, television and theatre industries. It was published on February 5, 2021 as a collective coming-out of the 185 actors and actresses as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex or non-binary.”
Queer visibility has been lacking everywhere, Germany included, whether that be in music, film or art. Of course, asking for more visibility means “in the long run, visibility and representation will hopefully mean change and the possibility for coming generations to live a beautiful and free life,” according to Henri.