´´To think what is true, to sense what is beautiful, and to what is good, hereby the spirit finds purpose of a life in reason.´´ (Johann Gottfried Herder, 18th century German philosopher and poet) In 2012, the German capital recorded a staggering 700,000 people at its CSD Parade, with about 500,000 making it all the way to the end of the joyous march, which is said to have been the biggest and most well-attended pride parade of the year. Berlin´s mayor, Klaus Wowereit, among the first openly gay politicians in Germany, famous for uttering the now locally iconic phrase, ´´Ich bin schwul, und das ist auch gut so (I´m gay, and that is a good thing)´´, inaugurated the splendid march. Elaborately decorated floats carrying both muscular men in flamboyant period costumes and fabulous queens in their best lace-fronts and drag, wield rainbow flags and dance to techno music as they lead the tremendous party from the Kreuzberg District to the Pariser Platz. As the members of the LGBT community, local and from out of town, surrounded by their friends, family, and allies, grooved into the night, the Brandenburg Gate was converted to a colossal rainbow flag. Other than culture and love and equality, the Brandenburg Gate is also where the locals celebrate triumphant victories and honor their modern-day heroes, i.e. their sport stars. In mid-July of 2014, a throng of 400,000 ecstatic Germans flooded the streets (many of whom had camped out at the site overnight), starting a ´´fan mile” that originated from the fabled gate. It was here that they welcomed the FIFA World Cup champions with German flags, banners, capes, leis in black, red, and gold, and confetti poppers galore. The black Mercedes truck transporting the players, coaches, and crew members could barely move through the swarm of fans. To the locals today, the Brandenburg Gate, understandably one of the nation´s top tourist attractions, is synonymous with spectacle, felicity, and victor... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mark Norman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/105844/bk_acx0_105844_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In 1969, America was still undergoing plenty of social turmoil, much of it the result of sweeping changes made via the Civil Rights Movement and the Vietnam War, which helped spark the counterculture. Protests were prominent across the country, and one of the movements galvanized during this time was on behalf of the LGBT community, who were often subjected to discrimination in all facets of life. However, LGBT rights were naturally on the back burner for most Americans at the time, and it´s safe to say few considered them until hearing about the Stonewall riots that took place at the end of June 1969 in New York City. Given the discrimination, gay people tried to meet in secret gay bars, and it was common for police to try to bust up such gatherings, but on the night of June 28, the patrons at the Stonewall Inn had enough. As the police tried to line everybody in the bar up and identify them, the crowd hanging around the place began to swell, and tensions began to rise as there were increasing calls to challenge the propriety of the police action. As people sang ´´We Shall Overcome´´ and there were chants of ´´Gay Power,´´ a scuffle eventually broke out, and the police resorted to anti-riot tactics to break up the crowd, injuring an untold number with bats and other objects. The next day, there were further riots, and in the coming days, as news of what happened spread, a gay rights movement began to sprout, consisting of more peaceful protest and pickets. Eventually, the Stonewall riots became a rallying cry across the country for gay rights, and gay rights groups popped up in every state. There would be gay pride marches on the anniversary of the Stonewall riots to commemorate the event, and gay rights entered the mainstream and truly became part of the national debate. As historian Lillian Faderman put it, ´´The Stonewall Rebellion was crucial because it sounded the rally for that movement. It became an emblem of gay and lesbian power. By call... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dan Gallagher. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/082412/bk_acx0_082412_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Today it is widely recognized that gay men played a prominent role in defining the culture of mid-20th-century America, with such icons as Tennessee Williams, Edward Albee, Aaron Copland, Samuel Barber, Montgomery Clift, and Rock Hudson defining much of what seemed distinctly ´´American´´ on the stage and screen. Even though few gay artists were ´´out,´´ their sexuality caused significant anxiety during a time of rampant anti-homosexual attitudes. Michael Sherry offers a sophisticated analysis of the tension between the nation´s simultaneous dependence on and fear of the cultural influence of gay artists. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Johnny Heller. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/015586/bk_adbl_015586_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Learn about the Rise and Fall of the Berlin Wall and its wider context in global relations with iMinds insightful audio knowledge series. This title will explore the rise and fall of the Wall, the attempts to cross the Wall, the life and economy of East Germany as well as looking at the wider context of relations with an exploration of the Iron Curtain and a review of Germany since the fall of the wall focusing on the process of German Reunification. Perfect to listen to while commuting, exercising, shopping or cleaning the house.. iMinds brings knowledge to your MP3 with 8 minute information segments to whet your mental appetite and broaden your mind. iMinds offers 12 main categories, become a Generalist by increasing your knowledge of Business, Politics, People, History, Pop Culture, Mystery, Crime, Culture, Religion, Concepts, Science and Sport.. Clean and concise, crisp and engaging, discover what you never knew you were missing. Make your MP3 smarter with iMinds MindTracks, intersperse with music and enjoy learning a little about a lot.. knowledge of your own choice and in your own time. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Hamish Hughes. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/imnd/000100/bk_imnd_000100_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.