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2 NYC Events: Ralf Dose discusses Magnus Hirschfeld at Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung & BGSQD

Magnus Hirschfeld by Ralf Dose

We’re pleased to announce two NYC events with Ralf Dose, author of Magnus Hirschfeld: The Origins of the Gay Liberation Movement

Tuesday, March 18, 2014, 6:30-8pm


The Radical Legacy of Magnus Hirschfeld and the Fight for LGBT Equality

Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung—New York Office

275 Madison Avenue, Suite 2114 (entrance over 40th St.)

New York, NY 10016

Dose will be joined by Steven Thrasher, a Contributing Editor at BuzzFeed. Thrasher was named Journalist of the Year 2012 by the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association for his investigative feature writing in the New York Times, Village Voice and Out magazine.


Sunday, March 23, 2014, 2pm

Magnus Hirschfeld: The Origins of the Gay Liberation Movement

a book talk at

The Bureau of General Services—Queer Division

hosted by Cage

83A Hester Street

between Orchard and Allen Streets

New York, NY 10002


Praise for Magnus Hirschfeld: The Origins of the Gay Liberation Movement:

“Before Kinsey there was Magnus Hirschfeld. In Nazi Germany he was demonized. He was Jewish, gay, and left-wing. This is the remarkable story of his pioneering contribution to sexological research, sexual law reform, feminism, and LGBT emancipation. Be inspired!”—Peter Tatchell, human rights & LGBT campaigner

“Magnus Hirschfeld is one of the forgotten giants of history. He can rightly be considered the founder of the first gay liberation movement, more than a century ago . . . Ralf Dose’s biography will help restore Hirschfeld and the movement he led to the pages of history. This history needs to be known.”—John D’Emilio, co-author, Intimate Matters: A History of Sexuality in America

144 pages / 26 photos

Cloth ISBN: 978-1-58367-437-6

Forthcoming in February 2014

“Elegant and erudite. This is a wonderful introduction to the life and work of Magnus Hirschfeld, the ‘Einstein of Sex’ in early twentieth-century Germany. Dose’s concise account is moving and suspenseful, chock full of revealing details on everything from trans rights to aphrodisiacs and contraceptives to new theories of orientation and desire.”—Dagmar Herzog, author, Sexuality in Europe: A Twentieth-Century History

“The pioneer of the modern homosexual rights movement . . . Dose’s very readable short biography provides twenty-first century readers with the essential life and times of this charismatic figure.”—David Fernbach, author, The Spiral Path: A Gay Contribution to Human Survival

“Dose’s biography fills a major gap by providing the first fully informed study in English of Hirschfeld’s life and works. Objective and concise, it is a welcome addition to LGBT history.”—James Steakley, author, The Homosexual Emancipation Movement in Germany

Ralf Dose is the co-founder and director of the Magnus-Hirschfeld-Gesellschaft (Magnus Hirschfeld Society) in Berlin. He writes widely on sex education, homosexuality, the gay movement, the history of sex research, and has lectured at the Berlin Free University and Hannover University.

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