TWIG Extra 07 - Professor Robert Beachy on Germany's fascinating history of gay culture

Professor Robert Beachy

Professor Robert Beachy

While there are still a few challenges to equality (same-sex couples cannot yet marry, for example), Germany is a fairly open place when it comes to homosexuality, especially in the big cities.

This progressive outlook has history to thank. Did you know that the word homosexuality was invented in Germany? Or did you know that Berlin was world’s centre for research into gay culture and behaviour? In fact, before the oppressive years of the Nazis, Berlin was a hotspot for crossdressing balls and gay bars for socialising - as far back as the late 19th century!

To find out about Germany’s gay legacy, we talked to Robert Beachy, history professor at Yonsei University in Seoul and author of “Gay Berlin: Birthplace of a Modern Identity”, released in German as "Das andere Berlin: die Erfindung der Homosexualität".