Robert Beachy, Gay Berlin: Birthplace Of A Modern Identity

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Long known for the friendly company of its "warm brothers" (German slang for men who love other men), Berlin, even before the turn of the twentieth century, was a place where educators, 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 world's first openly gay man, to the world of Berlin's vast homosexual subcultures – tolerated and monitored by the police commissioner through the "Department of Homosexuals and Blackmailers" – to a major sex scandal that enraptured the daily newspapers and shook the court of Emperor William II, and on through some of the world's first sex reassignment surgeries, Beachy deftly guides the reader through past events and developments that continue to shape and influence the way we think of sexuality to this day.

Robert Beachy was trained as a German historian at the University of Chicago, where he received his Ph.D. in 1998. He is presently associate professor of history at the Underwood International College of Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea.

This program is held in conjunction with the Filming the Camps – John Ford, Samuel Fuller, George Stevens: From Hollywood to Nuremberg exhibition.

Admission for all lectures is $5 members, $10 nonmembers, and free to AHC Insiders unless otherwise noted. Reservations are required, please call 404.814.4150 or reserve tickets online at
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By: Atlanta History Center

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