Berlin was a liberal hotbed of homosexuality and a mecca for cross dressers and transsexuals
The city’s liberal years - before the rise of Hitler - are detailed in a new book, Gay Berlin.
An uninhibited urban gay sexual scene flourished in Berlin, Germany in the wake of World War One
science of ‘transsexuality’ was founded at the Institute of Sexual
Science where the first male-to-female surgery was performed
scientists concluded that same-sex love was a natural, inborn
characteristic and not merely the perversion of a ‘normal’ sexual
There were 30 separate homosexual periodicals
Cross-dressers found dressmakers who tailored for large sizes and singles searching for gay love could place ads
In the photos:
Top: Hansi Sturm was the winner of the Miss Eldorado transvestite pageant in 1926.
Middle: Transvestites having drinks in the Eldorado club that was not hidden
away but celebrated in the golden age of the gay bar and club scene in
Weimar Berlin. It was a hot spot for high society and partying until
dawn was the norm.
Bottom: Transvestite prostitutes sitting on the laps of gay men in the popular Berlin gay bar Marienkasin.