1794: The Kingdom of Prussia abolishes the death penalty for sodomy
August 29, 1867: Karl
Heinrich Ulrichs becomes the first self-proclaimed homosexual to speak
out for the repeal of anti-gay laws at the Congress of German Jurists
1869: The term
“homosexuality” appears for the first time in a German-Hungarian
pamphlet written by human rights campaigner Karl-Maria Kertbeny
1871: Homosexuality is criminalized by Paragraph 175 of the Reich Criminal Code.
Adolf Brand, member of a gay rights organization, publishes a piece
“outing” the imperial cancellor of Germany, Prince Bernhard von Bülow.
He is sued for libel and is sentenced to 18 months in prison.
1907-1909: The Harden-Eulenburg affair. Even more people are called gay and sue for libel.
Magnus Hirschfeld co-founds the Institut für Sexualwissenschaft
(Institute for Sex Research), a pioneer calling for the civil and social
acceptance of gay and trans people.
1919:Anders als die Anderen (Different from
the Others), one of the first explicitly gay films, premiers. Magnus Hirschfeld was a co-writer and funded its production.
October 16, 1929: A Reichstag Committee votes to repeal Paragraph 175. The Nazis’ rise to power prevents the implementation.
1931: Mädchen in Uniform, one of the first pro-lesbian films, is released.
1933: The Nazi party bans homosexual groups. Gay people are sent to concentration camps. Nazis burn the Institut für Sexualwissenschaften to the ground.
1937: First use of the pink triangle for gay men in concentration camps.
1945: After the liberation of concentration camps by the allied forces, gay people have to serve out the full term of there sentences under Paragraph 175.
1950: East Germany
partially abolishes the Nazis’ emendations to Paragraph 175.
1968: East Germany decriminalizes homosexual acts for people over the age of 18.
1969: West Germany decriminalizes homosexual acts.
1974: General Gay Association,
the second openly-LGBT rights organization in German history, is established.
1985: Herbert Rusche becomes the first openly-gay member of the Bundestag.
1987: Jutta Oesterle-Schwamm becomes the first lesbian member of the Bundestag.
1994: The Supreme Court rules that the age of consent for sex must be equalized.
2000: The Bundestag apologizes to gays and lesbians
persecuted under the Nazi regime, and for “harm done to homosexual citizens up to 1969”.
2001: Same-Sex couples get the right to enter a civil partnership. Klaus Wowereit becomes the first openly-gay major of Berlin, making Berlin the largest city of the world with a gay major. Ole von Beust becomes the first openly-gay major of Hamburg.
2002: Same-sex stepchild adoption is legalized. Guido Westerwelle, leader of the FDP, becomes the first leader of a major party to come out as gay.
2009: Westerwelle becomes the first openly-gay member of the Federal Cabinet
2013: Barbara Hendricks
becomes the first openly-lesbian member of the Federal Cabinet
March 22, 2017: The Bundestag votes in favor of rehabilitation for those presecuted under Paragraph 175.
June 30, 2017: Same-Sex marriage and adoption is legalized.
just a few things straight* people need to never do again
since i’m feeling extra bitter tonight!
don’t call ppl gay as a joke/insult, this is 101 level shit friends!
call homophobes gay as a joke/insult. this goes TRIPLE for homophobic
politicians etc who deliberately torture, or endanger/end the lives of,
LGBT+ people. fuck your putin memes!!!
don’t suggest that violent homophobes are just closeted self-hating gay ppl or that “the worst ones are always secretly gay”. that places the blame on us for our own oppression which is a cruel move
don’t bring up the fact that “LGBT+ people aren’t all perfect, they can be abusers too!!” because we know, you paint us all that
way in order to justify our oppression, and you literally cannot handle
that conversation with nuance because of that history - so leave those
discussions to us.
don’t say making a butch-coded
character a lesbian would be “a stereotype” so it’s somehow more
Progressive™ to have yet another straight character who just happens
to take all her fashion cues from lesbian culture. we need rep more than
you do, straight girls with short hair!
don’t insist that it’s somehow wrong to be LGBT+ and fulfil stereotypes,
as though the negativity in those stereotypes doesn’t nearly always come directly
from straight people being uncomfortable with people being visibly LGBT+
and having our own cultures and ways of identifying ourselves to each
act all offended when someone mistakes you for one of us. take some
time to think about why you think they should know you’re straight, and
why you think it’s so bad to be seen as one of us.
don’t make AIDS jokes. what the literal fuck. it was a fucking genocide you monster.
don’t defend the way we die on screen all the time. don’t write stories
where we can’t be alive and happy and LGBT+ all at the same time without
being punished for it by the narrative.
don’t go making
or joining in on our jokes about how straight people are the worst.
that’s you too, buddy, no matter how big your rainbow backpack is.
talk about how there are straight people and Straight People™ and
you’re better than those other Straight People™. that’s not your
fucking call and if you think it is you’re definitely Straight
don’t assume that everyone in your life is
straight. odds are a lot of people just aren’t out to you. it’s your job
to learn to be a person they can feel safe being honest with, and to
act like that person even when you think you’re only interacting w
don’t assume that all LGBT+ people are adults who always knew. be aware that in most groups of children, some will be lgbt+, and be respectful of that possibility in how you talk to them
don’t out us. don’t speculate on whether
someone you know is lgbt+. don’t mention us in conversation purely to
get Cool Credit for knowing A Gay, that’s weird and uncomfortable even
if it’s not to someone we know/will ever meet. other lgbt+ ppl see u
doing that and we are creeped out.
don’t pretend you
can be privately creeped out by/uncomfortable w/disapproving of our
existence without being a homophobe. you’re a homophobe. you don’t have
to stay that way.
don’t fetishize relationships between
ppl of the gender you’re attracted to. our sexuality and our
relationships are not for your consumption and us loving/fucking each
other is explicitly not about you at all!
about same gender relationships like they’re dirtier or more sinful than
yours. stop pretending gay fanfiction is dirtier than straight
shipping isn’t activism, porn isn’t
activism, and it’s homophobic to pretend voyeuristic fetishization
of our existence is remotely supportive. especially if you’re still
uncomfortable w gay & bi people of your own gender.
like it’s 100% ok to ship gay relationships but it doesn’t make u an activist or exempt from homophobia, and u do need to examine how u interact w those stories to make sure you’re not objectifying oppressed ppl for ur own pleasure - we’re not fetish objects, we’re people
showing up to gay bars uninvited. stop having your bachelor/ette
parties at gay bars. stop treating our only places to meet each other
like your personal zoos.
don’t hit on gay men or
lesbians, in earnest or as a joke. This includes hitting on gay ppl of
your own gender bc you think it’s funny or bc you want to turn on your
partner. don’t fucking ask us if you can watch us having sex. stop
asking for sexual interaction altogether from people you know aren’t
attracted to your gender. you will not be an exception.
pressure ur bi partner to engage in a threesome they haven’t said they
actually want. definitely do not hit on LGB+ ppl on behalf of your bi partner. wtf dude.
women, please stop calling your platonic female friends “girlfriends”
or people you admire as “woman crushes”. Take some time to think about
why you think just indicating she’s a girl is supposed to make it clear
that your feelings toward someone are actually platonic, and how that
makes lbpq women you know feel.
when someone comes out
to you, don’t act like they’re suddenly a predatory pervert w no self
control. don’t stop inviting them to events or start acting differently
around them. we interact w ppl of our own gender all the fucking time
w/o making it sexual, stop interpreting every interaction w a gay person
as sexual in our minds, it’s almost certainly not. ur not that irresistible, stop making it weird.
pretend our existence is 100% about how we have sex. that means stop
making excuses to not tell children about us! don’t act like we
shouldn’t be gay in public! don’t act like your weird kinks make your
experience remotely equivalent to ours! (stop ‘coming out’ as kinky you
don’t demand we present a desexualized and platonic image of our existence and relationships at all times. we have wildly varying sex lives and levels of complexity in our relationships to sex, just like you do.
don’t ever EVER use the word h*m*sexual, it’s considered a slur bc it was used for medicalized justifications for our torture. there’s a reason 99% of the usage of that word today is by anti-gay groups.
*tbh this is really just @ straight cis ppl even tho it’s abt gayness since honestly most of
these do not apply to straight trans ppl, bc straight
trans ppl are an integral part of the same communities/face many of the same issues - and almost always have
better fucking manners.
I personally don’t like the one-sided, limited way the gay community, particularly gay men are portrayed. Introduce the multiple facets of our community. Show the artists, the scientists, the doctors, the educators, the advocates… not just the monochromatic, gay party scene that so many people associate with our community. I think it’s so damaging and discouraging to gay youth to show them that their worth as a homosexual is predicated on physical appearance. I’m nobody to judge someone’s lifestyle, but as gay men, we’re multi-faceted with many dimensions to our existence, and that’s what should be portrayed.
I just came back from Phoenix Pride and HOLY SHIT.... I met Party Gays.... we ended up drunk and grinding to Los Chicos Del Apartamento 512 (an awesome Selena tribute band)... fuck... i'm tired, Jaxx... send help... my gay ass is burnt from being lit all night
i’ve heard fleet enemas are refreshing. might help ur burnt booty ❤️
If I had to have a stripper name, it would be Equality.
I think you've got several options. They're all terrible... but you have them.
Guys love it when you can show them you're better than they are at something they love.
If you ever speak to me in Spanish, please use the formal “usted.”
Not to worry. I have a permit. *hands them a a piece of paper saying "I can do what I want"
Guys, can you please shut up? I can't hear myself not talking to Mare.
It's fine. It's just that life is pointless and nothing matters and I'm always tired.
My instinct is to be mean to you.
I am big enough to admit that I am often inspired by myself.
I have never taken the high road. But I tell other people to because then there's more room for me on the low road.
Horizons are dumb. Never broaden your horizons.
I would like to be king someday, so no, I've not smoked marijuana. I ate a brownie once at a party in college. It was intense. It was kind of indescribable, actually. I felt like I was floating. Turns out there wasn't any pot in the brownie. It was just an insanely good brownie.
I passed up a gay Halloween party to be here. Do you know how fun gay Halloween parties are?
ok i don’t even know where this idea came from but i’ve now held it for long enough that it’s acquired official headcanon status so here we go
let’s talk about ronan driving up to visit adam in college for halloween, but adam had already been invited to this party by someone in his dorm, so they decide to go together and start throwing around increasingly ridiculous ~couple costume ideas
at one point ronan suggests – mostly to be a little shit – that adam should go as poison ivy, because of his connection with cabeswater/sentient plants and his love of all things science
at first adam is skeptical but then he’s like “if i go along with this do i get to pick your costume” and ronan’s like “sure no problem”
and he’s so damn smug already because this is a couple costume after all, so obviously if adam’s poison ivy, ronan gets to be the freaking batman, moodiest and coolest and most-black-wearing of superheroes, right??
wrong, because that’s when adam just gives him this honestly borderline evil smile and says harley quinn
and that’s the story of how – some makeup, two temporary hair dyes, and a lot of dreaming later – adam and ronan rock up to the halloween party as this badass gay villainess couple
ronan, being his gd extra self, has actually dreamt the purple lamborghini from the suicide squad movie because screw the joker this car is too good for that fuckboy, so everyone is already staring at them before they even properly walk in
adam is wrapped in what is basically a (rather revealing) plant catsuit (“bro, are those real vines???” “shut up todd you’re stoned” “no but chad i swear those leaves moved” “yeah ok you’re super high right now”), wearing green eyeliner, green lipstick and his coolest magician look
ronan is wearing honest-to-god hot pants (”listen parrish this is too much” “oh, right, like this vegetable suit you dreamt me covers my modesty so well??” “i don’t know what you’re talking about” “i’m sure. now put on the shorts, lynch”) with the obligatory tank top and letterman jacket, red and blue eyeshadow, smudged lipstick, and a fucking baseball bat
(it’s maybe just possible that his bared midriff and the careless way the baseball bat is slung over his shoulders are doing things to adam)
(it’s also maybe just possible that when one of the vines from adam’s costume possessively wraps around his waist, that does things to ronan, too)
long story short, that is how adam and ronan win the costume contest while managing to make everyone at the party irrationally aroused
but possibly one of the highlights of the night is when somehow a picture gets posted on the facebook page of the event and within five minutes ten increasingly agitated/enthusiastic comments appear