Gay Berlin

Gay Berlin

Birthplace of A Modern Identity

Book - 2014
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"A detailed historical look at the surprising ways in which the uninhibited urban sexuality, sexual experimentation and medical advances of pre-Weimar Berlin created and molded our modern understanding of sexual orientation and gay identity. Long known for the friendly company of its "warm brothers" (German slang for men who love other men), Berlin, even before the turn of the twentieth-century, was a place where educators, activists, and medical professionals could explore and begin to educate both themselves and Europe about new and emerging sexual identities. From Karl Heinrich Ulrichs, a German activist described by some as the world's first openly gay man, to the world of Berlin's vast homosexual subcultures-tolerated and monitored by the police commissioner through the "Department of Homosexuals and Blackmailers"-to a major sex scandal that enraptured the daily newspapers and shook the court of Emperor William II, and on through some of the world's first sex reassignment surgeries, Beachy deftly guides the reader through past events and developments that continue to shape and influence the way we think of sexuality to this day. Gay Berlin is certain to be considered a foundational study"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Knopf, 2014
ISBN: 9780307272102
0307272109
Branch Call Number: 306.766 B353G 2014
Characteristics: xix, 305 pages ; 25 cm

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SallyLaslie
Jun 19, 2016

It is certainly academic in tone, but immensely informative about the growth of what might be called "the gay identity" in the modern world, and in a place that eventually gave rise to Hitler and Nazisim.

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