In the next days and weeks we will tell you the story of the Pride A little insight into the history of the LGBTIQ community. What made the barrel overflow? What is Stonewall? Or why is the rainbow flag the sign of the LGBTIQ community?
In 1726 a William Brown was accused of bestiality. He was the first man who was not ashamed to admit publicly that he was standing before the court to his preferences. With the sentence “I did it because I thought I knew him, and I think there is no Crime in making what use I please of my own Body.” he made a first small protest that homosexuality is not a reprehensible thing. Thus, according to legend, the first small revolt against which heterosexuals think.
In the 1920s the festivals were celebrated as they fell. Whether a woman wanted to dance with a woman or a man with a man, it was normal. You could be who you were in most places. So these years were also nicknamed the “golden twenties”. It wasn’t until 1930 that the world became more conservative and started chasing homosexuals.
When the time of the world war began, homosexuals were also hunted. Killed in National Socialist Germany. Also in the following years, the situation worldwide did not relax. The homosexuals retreated to Switzerland. There was living, dancing and celebrating. But in secret.
From Friday, June 27 to Saturday, June 28, one of the usual raids took place at the Stonewall Inn in New York in which homosexuals were arrested. Not as usual, the visitors resisted the police violence. They stopped in front of the restaurant and did not want to be victims of society. From the streets one could hear the words:“Gay power! Isn’t that great! … It’s about time we did something to assert ourselves.”
After the Second World War homosexuals were persecuted, tortured, killed or imprisoned. In New York after the war, homosexuals didn’t want to take it anymore. In the American army homosexuals were allowed to serve, but not to come out. This was too much of a good thing after the war. Ten men and women used this as a reason to demonstrate on Whitehall Street in front of the US Army Induction Center. This demonstration went down in the history of the first Prides.
He was born on 2 June 1951. Nobody could have guessed in his youth that he would set a milestone in the history of the world, creating a symbol of freedom and equality. The rainbow flag has been the symbol for LGBTIQ+ since 1978. Gilbert Baker gave us a symbol thatconnects us.
In November 29 November 1970, the first Pride demonstration was held in London with 80 participants. 2 years later, 2000 participants were already marching through Oxford Street in London. From that time on, the first Gay Pride march was talked about.
«Nicht der Homosexuelle ist pervers, sondern die Situation, in der er lebt»was commissioned by the Westdeutscher Rundfunk. Rosa von Praunheim directed the film and was the first public film production to depict the lives of many schoolchildren in the early 1970s. Because of the lack of money the film was shot as a silent movie. Nevertheless it was a scandal and triggered the development of the first German-Swiss gay movement.
Thanks to the film «Nicht der Homosexuelle ist pervers, sondern die Situation, in der er lebt», several associations in Berlin joined forces. So the “Homosexuelle Aktion Westberlin” (Homosexual Action West Berlin) came into being, which in the time after the World War heralded the 2nd bigwave of the radical gay and lesbian movement.
This number in German penal code forbade men to have sexual acts with the same sex. This article defamed people who were attracted to the same sex and put them in the same category as people who had unnatural fornication with animals. Thisarticle after its entry into force in 1873, only deleted from the law in 1994.