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.
In a hugely ambitious study that crosses continents, languages, and almost a century, Gregory Woods identifies the ways in which homosexuality has helped shape Western culture. Extending from the trials of Oscar Wilde to the gay liberation era, this book examines a period in which increased visibility made acceptance of homosexuality one of the measures of modernity. Woods shines a revealing light on the diverse, informal networks of gay people in the arts and other creative fields. Uneasily called ´´the Homintern´´ (an echo of Lenin´s ´´Comintern´´) by those suspicious of an international homosexual conspiracy, such networks connected gay writers, actors, artists, musicians, dancers, filmmakers, politicians, and spies. While providing some defense against dominant heterosexual exclusion, the grouping brought solidarity, celebrated talent, and, in doing so, invigorated the majority culture. Woods introduces an enormous cast of gifted and extraordinary characters, most of them operating with surprising openness, but also explores such issues as artistic influence, the coping strategies of minorities, the hypocrisies of conservatism, and the effects of positive and negative discrimination. Traveling from Harlem in the 1910s to 1920s Paris, 1930s Berlin, 1950s New York, and beyond, this sharply observed, warm-spirited book presents a surpassing portrait of 20th-century gay culture and the men and women who both redefined themselves and changed history. 1. Language: English. Narrator: John Sackville. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/027231/bk_adbl_027231_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Berlin Then and Now captures the stark contrast between what came before and after the great conflicts of the twentieth century, using archival photographs of the city´s grand buildings, monuments, and boulevards alongside modern views of the same scenes today. Few cities in Europe have undergone as many transformations as Berlin in the past hundred years, or have risen from the rubble to stand as proud and vibrant as the city does today. Nick Gay´s book shows the effects of Hitler´s building plans of the 1930s, Allied bombing in World War II and the post-war division of the city into East and West and the subsequent reunification after 1989. Sites include: Brandenburg Gate, Pariser Platz, Hotel Adlon, the Reich Chancellery, Ministry of Aviation, Unter den Linden, Royal Opera House, Neue Wache, Berlin University, Palace Bridge, Lustgarten, Berliner Dom, Rotes Rathaus, Nikolaiviertel, Alexanderplatz, Muhlendamm, Gendarmenmarkt, Checkpoint Charlie, Wertheim Department Store, Potsdamer Platz, Death Strip, SS Headquarters, Anhalter Station, Siegessaule, Soviet War Memorial,Tempelhof Airport, Charlottenburg Palace, Olympic Stadium, Spandau Prison and Wannsee Conference Villa.
In 1951, a new type of publication appeared on newsstands?the physique magazine produced by and for gay men. For many men growing up in the 1950s and 1960s, these magazines and their images and illustrations of nearly naked men, as well as articles, letters from readers, and advertisements, served as an initiation into gay culture. The publishers behind them were part of a wider world of ?physique entrepreneurs?: men as well as women who ran photography studios, mail-order catalogs, pen-pal services, book clubs, and niche advertising for gay audiences. Such businesses have often been seen as peripheral to the gay political movement. In this book, David K. Johnson shows how gay commerce was not a byproduct but rather an important catalyst for the gay rights movement.Offering a vivid look into the lives of physique entrepreneurs and their customers, and presenting a wealth of illustrations, Buying Gay explores the connections?and tensions?between the market and the movement. With circulation rates many times higher than the openly political ?homophile? magazines, physique magazines were the largest gay media outlets of their time. This network of producers and consumers helped foster a gay community and upend censorship laws, paving the way for open expression. Physique entrepreneurs were at the center of legal struggles, especially against the U.S. Post Office, including the court victory that allowed full-frontal male nudity and open homoeroticism. Buying Gay reconceives the history of the gay rights movement and shows how consumer culture helped create community and a site for resistance.
OFFEN, UNBESCHWERT UND SELBSTBEWUSSTDas ultimative Aufklärungsbuch zu Sex und sexueller IdentitätWie fühlt es sich an, zum ersten Mal in ein Mädchen verliebt zu sein, wenn man selbst ein Mädchen ist? Und was passiert dann? Wie findet man andere schwule Jungs? Und warum fühlen sich manche Menschen im falschen Körper gefangen? Mit über hundert Originalbeiträgen von lesbischen, schwulen, bi- und transsexuellen Jugendlichen, die ein unendliches Spektrum sexueller Identitäten repräsentieren.Für alle, die immer schon mehr wissen wollten über Homosexualität und Transgender - und für alle, die einfach nur neugierig sind!man lernt auch als [...] Hetero noch so Einiges dazu [...] über die Feinheiten, die für einen sensiblen und respektvollen Umgang in unserer Gesellschaft einfach nötig sind. Ulrike Schimming letteraturen.de, 8. September 2015James Dawson wuchs im englischen West Yorkshire auf und hat sich schon als Kind Folgen für die britische Kultserie Doctor Who ausgedacht und aufgeschrieben. Er wurde Journalist und interviewte Popstars wie Steps und Atomic Kitten. James Dawson arbeitete als Lehrer. Mittlerweile ist er selbstständiger Autor und lebt in London.