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Spartacus Berlin Gay Guide (English Edition) von Bedford, Briand (eBook)

  • Erscheinungsdatum: 01.08.2013
  • Verlag: Bruno Gmünder Verlag
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Spartacus Berlin Gay Guide (English Edition)

Since 1981 our gay guide 'Berlin von hinten' has enjoyed immense popularity in the gay scene. Since the beginning our guide has more and more international readers. Berlin is becoming more international and attracts young people from around the world. To adapt to this trend, we have come up with a new title. The new name is the Spartacus Berlin Gay Guide. In this guide we list the reasons why a visit to Berlin is so important. Sex, events, culture, sights, shopping - this abundance in Germany is only possible in the capital city. There is also a list of address from businesses and locations that are worth a visit. There are also local maps which help the reader find his way round this metropolis. Useful information for overnight accommodation, tourist information, the public S + U network maps, gay press, physicians etc is found at the back of this guide.


    Format: ePUB
    Kopierschutz: watermark
    Seitenzahl: 176
    Erscheinungsdatum: 01.08.2013
    Sprache: Englisch
    ISBN: 9783867876483
    Verlag: Bruno Gmünder Verlag
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Spartacus Berlin Gay Guide (English Edition)

The (gay) history of Berlin: how it came about, how it is today and its three coming outs

It has probably less to do with the Berlin air and more to do with the local tolerance, which characterised this city since the resettlement policy of the Grand Elector after the thirty-year war. After the fall of the Berliner Wall the feeling of new freedom added to this along with the vast free spaces, especially in the eastern part of the city. It is however difficult to say whether there is more happening in the gay scene nowadays than during the frequently mentioned, so-called golden twenties.

Five Most Famous Quotations Regarding Berlin

Five of numerous quotations regarding this fantastic city.

"Everyone should be free to do as they please." Friedrich II, king of Prussia, 1740

"People of the world - take a look at this city!" Ernst Reuter, Lord Mayor, 1948

"Ick bin ein Berliner!" (I am a Berliner!) John F. Kennedy, US President, 1963

"Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!" Ronald Reagan, US President, 1987

"I am gay - and that is a good thing!" Klaus Wowereit, Candidate for the position of Mayor of Berlin, 2001

Berlin's current mayor Klaus Wowereit, well known among the majority of Berliners for his open attitude as integration figure, is an example that these days gay men play a very different role in the community - at least this is the case in Berlin. They use this image and promote the suspense of the city. Wowereit, affectionately known as Wowi, is a party fan and has written the greetings text for the Folsom Street fare and had to hear criticism from his political opposition parties for doing so. This is true tolerance in every day life of this city.

Let's go back a few years. Berlin as gay metropolis had its first coming-out at the end of the 19th century. In 1897 Magnus Hirschfeld set up the so-called scientific-humanitarian committee (WhK) and fought against discrimination of homosexuals. In 1919 he opened the Institute of Sexual Sciences. It became the centre for all research regarding sexual reform. In addition it was an information centre and sanctuary for people with sexual problems. It was also a source of information to interested laymen and further education for medical students.

In Berlin one not only took part in academic, theoretical discussions, but also in wild parties. At the beginning of the 20th century there were around 40 gay scene locations. The heart of this scene was located around the Nollendorf-platz. In the middle of the action André Gide, Francis Bacon or Christopher Isherwood, who lived for a while at Nollendorf Street 17, marked today with a commemorative plaque to the creator of "Cabaret".

The party life came to an abrupt end when the Nazis came to power. They murdered over ten thousand gay men in the concentration camps. The Institute for Sexual Sciences was plundered, the library and all documents from Hirschfeld were burnt, along with other publications which were not considered to represent the German spirit. The WhK was closed.

Nach dem Ende des 1000-jährigen Reiches feierte man im Mief der Fünfziger privat und traute sich erst langsam wieder aus den Schränken.

Scenes from "Not the homosexual is perverse but rather the situation in which he lives."

The second coming-out was marked with the emergence of Rosa von Praunheim's film "Not the homosexual is perverse but rather the situation in which he lives." The society's change in moral standards was reflected by the change made by homosexuals and their public appearance. Whereas the gay scene in the GDR developed within church groups and under local authorities, the gay scene in the rest of Germany developed a pleasure-orientated self-awareness, where political rights were also

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