#QueerHeroes Day 21 – Magnus Hirschfeld

#QueerHeroes Day 21 – Magnus Hirschfeld

Hirschfeld was a German sexologist who formed the Scientific-Humanitarian Committee in 1897, one of the first advocacy groups for gay and transgender rights.

In 1919, he opened the Institute for Sex Research in Berlin. It became a cultural and scientific hub for queer social reformers, researchers, sociologists and scientists. In the 1930s, it began offering the first modern gender confirmation surgeries. Along with being a shelter for disenfranchised queer people, it housed a wealth of research and studies of gender in its vast library.

Image result for magnus hirschfeld

In 1933, Nazis raided the institute while Hirschfeld was in Switzerland. They burned the entirety of books and archives, totaling about 25,000 pieces. This one act set gender theory and progress back by an untold amount of time.

Hirschfeld was exiled and died in France.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s