In 1989, a small group of gay students in Zurich founded an association with the goal of giving voice to homosexual people at the Zurich universities. They called the association Zart+Heftig. It took two years of legal effort until the University of Zurich recognised in 1991 the existence of a network of gay students.
Over the years, z&h became a platform that enabled over 1000 students to broaden their horizons, make new contacts while promoting diversity in the academic world and in our society.
With political action and campaigns, z&h has been supporting the LGBTIQ+ community until today. Thanks to cultural events, research symposia, dinners, and many other initiatives, we gave our members the possibility to exchange opinions, share knowledge and, sometimes, to fall in love.
More information and some pictures from our anniversary events can be found on this webpage.
30 Year Anniversary Apéro
25 September 2019, 6:30 pm @ UZH Lichthof (Rämistrasse 71, Zürich)
Casual reception for current and former members | Art competition award
ceremony | Retrospective on our history in the Gossip Corner
Der Kreis (2014) Movie Night
3 October 2019, 7 pm @ StuZ2 (Universitätstrasse 6, Zürich)
Screening of the award-winning Swiss movie (with English subtitles) | Q&A with Ernst Ostertag (
10 October 2019, 7 pm @ KOL-E18 (Rämistrasse 71, Zürich)
Discussion panel (in German) on the topic of “LGBTQ rights in Switzerland – what can I contribute?” with Angelo Barrile, member of the Swiss national council.
16 – 27 September @ UZH Lichthof (Rämistrasse 71, Zürich)
28 September – 10 October @ HPH (Joseph-von-Deschwanden-Pl. 1, Zürich)
Poster exhibition highlighting the history and activities of z&h.
We thank VSETH, VSUZH, UZH, Alumni UZH, Science Alumni UZH and ASVZ for their financial support. We would also to acknowledge all private donations: thanks a lot!