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How Concepts of Queer Identity Changed in Weimar Germany


  • Nola Aycock


The new academic field of sexology emerged in Germany between 1870 and 1930, spanning radical changes in German government and society. Some of these researchers tried to understand the nature of homosexuality and other behaviors considered to be outside normal sexual parameters, mostly through the use of case studies. When Magnus Hirschfeld (pictured on the right below) collected a better set of data than his predecessors, concepts regarding homosexuality became more distinct. This, and the changing political culture of Germany following World War I, had an impact on the existing homosexual subculture and its associated rights movement.