Zürich in the mid-1950s: The young shy teacher Ernst Ostertag becomes a member of the gay organization Der Kreis. There he gets to know the transvestite star Röbi Rapp - and immediately falls head over heels in love with him. Röbi and Ernst live through the high point and the eventual decline of the organisation, which, in the whole Europe, is seen as the symbol of gay emancipation. Ernst finds himself torn between his bourgeois existence and his commitment to homosexuality, for Röbi it is about his first serious love relationship. A relationship which will last a lifetime. From the present, the film looks back to the time when the Mother of all European homosexual organisations had its high point until it fell apart. While the repression against homosexuals became increasingly more intense in Zurich, two young and very different men fight for their love and - together with their friends - for gay rights.
On this guided tour, participants visit in Zurich and Glarus historic sites where important events have taken place towards the liberal and democratic Switzerland. This is a tour of an important but relatively unknown part of Swiss history. It can be explored places and buildings, as they are less frequently described in a guide book or in an app.Besides insights into the history of the Glarner Heinrich Hössli, the early champion of men love and Ernst Ostertag and Röbi Rapp, who fought the high point of the journal "The Circle" in Zurich for their rights and have registered the first Swiss men couple their partnership experience the customer and the modern Zurich with the most popular bars and clubs of the gay community. The circle in the postwar period achieved an enormous significance for the homosexual movement in Europe and even North America.