Impressions from the reading life

Fascinating history of gay life in Berlin (1900-1933)

Gay Berlin: Birthplace of a Modern Identity - Robert Beachy

This is an academic book on how gay men lived in Berlin before the Nazis.

It was fascinating to find out about the early sexology theories on homosexuality and how early masculinist groups evolved, forming earlier versions of what is largely know as "the gay identity" today. Even the words "schwul" (German for "gay"), "homosexual", and "trans" were coined in Berlin.

The book is well researched and offers a insight into the subject.


Well worth a read!


FYI: Another book was published, practically around the same tinme as Gay Berlin, dealing with the same subject matter, only focussing on lesbian women. Of course, that book didn't get translated... *aargh!*