Science Friday Podcast: Born This Gay
At the turn of the 20th century, a German doctor sets out to prove that homosexuality is rooted in biology – but his research has consequences he never intended.
Written by Lauren Young, published on May 23, 2017
In pre-Nazi Germany, a doctor named Magnus Hirschfeld sets out to take down Paragraph 175, a law against “unnatural fornication” between men. Hirschfeld’s plan is to scientifically prove that homosexuality is natural, and that lesbians and gay men might be born gay – but his idea ends up falling into the wrong hands.
Links to further reading on the podcast website.
Robert Beachy is the author of Gay Berlin: Birthplace of a Modern Identity.
Ralf Dose is the co-founder of the Magnus Hirschfeld Society and author of Magnus Hirschfeld: The Origins of the Gay Liberation Movement.
Edward Stein is the author of the The Mismeasure of Desire: The Science, Theory, and Ethics of Sexual Orientation.
Earlier Publications by researchers of the Magnus Hirschfeld Gesellschaft below (mostly in German)