Magnus-Hirschfeld-Gesellschaft e.V. Forschungsstelle zur Geschichte der Sexualwissenschaft

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Heike Bauer: The Hirschfeld Archives

Influential sexologist and activist Magnus Hirschfeld founded Berlin’s Institute of Sexual Sciences in 1919 as a home and workplace to study homosexual rights activism and support transgender people. It was destroyed by the Nazis in 1933. This episode in history prompted Heike Bauer to ask, Is violence an intrinsic part of modern queer culture?

The Hirschfeld Archives answers this critical question by examining the violence that shaped queer existence in the first part of the twentieth century.


Science Friday Podcast: Born This Gay

At the turn of the 20th century, a German doctor sets out to prove that homosexuality is rooted in biology – but his research has consequences he never intended.

Written by Lauren Young, published on May 23, 2017

In pre-Nazi Germany, a doctor named Magnus Hirschfeld sets out to take down Paragraph 175, a law against “unnatural fornication” between men. Hirschfeld’s plan is to scientifically prove that homosexuality is natural, and that lesbians and gay men might be born gay – but his idea ends up falling into the wrong hands.


Gender and Black Revolutionaries

Ein Film von Schüler*innen der Nelson-Mandela-Schule in Berlin als Beitrag zum Queer History und Black History Month 2017

Queer History Month im Februar? Ist da nicht auch Black History Month? Für die Schüler*innen der Nelson-Mandela-Schule war daher klar: Ein Projekt mit ihnen soll beides berücksichtigen – schwarze und queere Geschichte in Berlin. Die Grundidee war geboren. Im Rahmen einer Kick-Off-Veranstaltung wurde in Zusammenarbeit mit Giuseppina Lettieri und Tino Kandal vom Projekt Diversity Box aus der Idee ein Projekt für den Queer History Month 2017.