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.
Seit dem Mauerfall vor 30 Jahren hat sich Berlin zu einem der weltweit führenden Zentren schwuler Kultur und schwulen Lebens entwickelt und zieht Künstler und Autoren aus aller Welt an. Dieses schwule Berlin ist das zentrale Thema: Einheit, Ost-West-Geschichten, Freiheit ohne Mauern, das schwule Leben in der DDR im Vergleich zur westberliner bzw. westdeutschen Szene, die wilden Jahre nach der Wiedervereinigung - und Ideen für die Zukunft queeren Lebens in dieser Stadt. Essays, Gedichte, erotische Geschichten, Interviews und viele Bilder.Beiträge von Bernd Gaiser, Henning von Berg, Eva & Adele, Harald Hauswald / OSTKREUZ, Jochen Hick, Anja Müller, Slava Mogutin, Michael Sollorz, Wieland Speck, Wolfgang Tillmans u.v.a. Special Edition BERLIN GAY METROPOLIS 1989-2019. In the 30 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall in the autumn of 1989, Berlin has developed into one of the leading centres of gay life and culture, attracting also numerous queer artists and authors from around the world. Unity, East meets West, gay life in the GDR versus BRD, the wild years after the reunification and the global gay metropolis that Berlin is today - these are some of the topics - memories, poems, short stories, essays - and photographs, collages, drawings and images of all kinds.
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.