Winner of Randy Shilts Award
In the half century before the Nazis rose to power, Berlin became the undisputed gay capital of the world. Activists and medical professionals made it a city of firsts—the first gay journal, the first homosexual rights organization, the first Institute for Sexual Science, the first sex reassignment surgeries—exploring and educating themselves and the rest of the world about new ways of understanding the human condition. In this fascinating examination of how the uninhibited urban culture of Berlin helped create our categories of sexual orientation and gender identity, Robert Beachy guides readers through the past events and developments that continue to shape and influence our thinking about sex and gender to this day.
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About the Author
Robert Beachy was trained as a German historian at the University of Chicago, where he received his PhD in 1998. He is presently associate professor of history at the Underwood International College of Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea.
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Table of Contents
Chapter 1 The German Invention of Homosexuality 3
Chapter 2 Policing Homosexuality in Berlin 42
Chapter 3 The First Homosexual Rights Movement and the Struggle to Shape Identity 85
Chapter 4 The Eulenburg Scandal and the Politics of Outing 120
Chapter 5 Hans Blüher, the Wandervogel Movement, and the Männerbund 140
Chapter 6 Weimar Sexual Reform and the Institute for Sexual Science 160
Chapter 7 Sex Tourism and Male Prostitution in Weimar Berlin 187
Chapter 8 Weimar Politics and the Struggle for Legal Reform 220
Sources and Bibliography 275