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.
A funny and pertinent book about being lesbian, bisexual, gay, queer, transgender or just curious - for everybody, no matter their gender or sexualityFormer PSHCE teacher and acclaimed YA author James Dawson gives an uncensored look at what it´s like to grow up as LGBT. Including testimonials from people across the gender and sexual spectrums, this frank, funny, fully inclusive book explores everything anyone who ever dared to wonder wants to know - from sex to politics, how to pull, stereotypes, how to come-out and more. Spike Gerrell´s hilarious illustrations combined with funny and factual text make this a must-read.
An unprecedented examination of the 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. Known already in the 1850s for the friendly company of its ´´warm brothers´´ (German slang for men who love other men), Berlin, before the turn of the twentieth century, became a place where scholars, 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 first openly gay man, to the world of Berlin´s vast homosexual subcultures, to a major sex scandal that enraptured the daily newspapers and shook the court of Emperor William II-and on through some of the very first sex reassignment surgeries-Robert Beachy uncovers the long-forgotten events and characters that continue to shape and influence the way we think of sexuality today. Chapter by chapter Beachy´s scholarship illuminates forgotten firsts, including the life and work of Dr. Magnus Hirschfeld, first to claim (in 1896) that same-sex desire is an immutable, biologically determined characteristic, and founder of the Institute for Sexual Science. Though raided and closed down by the Nazis in 1933, the institute served as, among other things, ´´a veritable incubator for the science of tran-sexuality,´´ scene of one of the world´s first sex reassignment surgeries. Fascinating, surprising, and informative- Gay Berlin is certain to be counted as a foundational cultural examination of human sexuality.
Eine Nacht, ein Fehler verändert alles ... Chris Allan Roberts verliert alles, was ihm etwas bedeutet hat - seine Freundin, eine vielversprechende Zukunft als Footballspieler, ein Stipendium, seine Familie. Nur sein bester Freund Michael gibt ihm noch Halt. Chris zieht mit Michael und seinem Partner nach New York. Dort findet er durch Zufall ein Jobangebot - beim Pornolabel All Cocks. Geld ist Geld, denkt Chris. Und wie hart kann es schon sein, einen anderen Mann zu vögeln? Lincoln Carter ist einer der Stars bei All Cocks. Und als er die Neuentdeckung Chris zum ersten Mal sieht, will er nichts mehr als eine Szene mit ihm drehen. Doch ihm wird schnell klar, dass Chris ´´Gay for Pay´´ ist und dass in seiner Vergangenheit ein düsteres Geheimnis liegt, das es Chris unmöglich macht, sich für irgendjemanden zu öffnen. Oder?
First published in Italian in 1977, Mario Mieli´s groundbreaking book is an early landmark of revolutionary queer theory - now available for the first time in a complete and unabridged English translation. Among the most important works ever to address the relationship between homosexuality, homophobia and capitalism, Mieli´s essay continues to pose a radical challenge to today´s dominant queer theory and politics. With extraordinary prescience, Mieli exposes the efficiency with which capitalism co-opts ´perversions´ which are then ´sold both wholesale and retail´. In his view, the liberation of homosexual desire requires the emancipation of sexuality from both patriarchal sex roles and capital. Drawing heavily upon Marx and psychoanalysis to arrive at a dazzlingly original vision, Towards a Gay Communism is a hitherto neglected classic that will be essential reading for all who seek to understand the true meaning of sexual liberation under capitalism today.