Weimar Berlin: The World's First LGBTIQ Emancipation Movement with Finn Ballard - Context Travel

Weimar Berlin: The World's First LGBTIQ Emancipation Movement with Finn Ballard


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Although many are familiar with LGBTIQ+ activism, many are unaware of the beginnings of the LGBTIQ+ movement in Berlin during the 1920s. In between the collapse of the German Empire and the rise of the Nazi Party, Weimar-era Berlin was the international epicenter of LGBTIQ+ life. The legendary nightlife, burgeoning activism, demands to decriminalize homosexuality, and first-ever surgical procedures for trans people pioneered by Jewish doctor Magnus Hirschfeld were all part of this progressive moment.

Led by transgender historian Dr. Finn Ballard, this interactive seminar will illuminate a radical moment in Queer history as well as its abrupt and tragic ending in 1933. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased understanding of current and historical LGBTIQ+ issues, and a wealth of insider information on the Berlin of the 1920s.

Finn grew up in Northern Ireland before moving to England to study and later teach in the department of Film and Literature at the University of Warwick. He completed his doctoral study on German folklore and popular cinema in 2012, and has published extensively in the fields of Film Studies and Gender Studies. Since 2008, he has been living and guiding in Berlin. He now works as a historical advisor for television and film productions set in Berlin, particularly during the Weimar era or Third Reich. He is a journalist for the 'Siegessauele', Europe's foremost Queer magazine, and organises events at Berlin's English-language bookstore 'Another Country'.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.