Magnus Hirschfeld: The Origins of the Gay Liberation by Ralf Dose

By Ralf Dose

Magnus Hirschfeld (1868-1935) was once one of many first nice pioneers of the homosexual liberation move. respected through such homosexual icons as Christopher Isherwood and Harry Hay, founding father of the Mattachine Society, Hirschfeld’s legacy resonates during the twentieth-century and world wide. Guided through his motto “Through technological know-how towards Justice,” Hirschfeld helped discovered the medical Humanitarian Committee in Germany to shield the rights of homosexuals and increase a systematic framework for sexual equality. He was once additionally an early champion of women’s rights, campaigning within the early 1900s for the decriminalization of abortion and the proper of girl lecturers and civil servants to marry and feature young children. through 1933 Hirschfeld’s dedication to sexual liberation made him a aim for the Nazis, and so they ransacked his Institute for Sexual examine and publicly burned his books. 
 
This biography, first released to acclaim in Germany, follows Hirschfeld from his delivery within the Prussian province of Pomerania to the heights of his occupation through the Weimar Republic and the increase of German fascism. Ralf Dose illuminates Hirschfeld’s ground-breaking function within the homosexual liberation circulation and explains a few of his significant theoretical options, which proceed to persuade our realizing of human sexuality and social justice today. 

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