Queer Trailblazer: Magnus Hirschfeld’s Life & Legacy

Tomb of Dr. Magnus Hirschfeld, Caucade Cemetery, Nice, France.
Tomb of Dr. Magnus Hirschfeld, Caucade Cemetery, Nice, France.

Thursday, October 6
7pm-9pm
The GLBT History Museum
4127 18th St., San Francisco
$5.00; free for members

Starting in the late 1890s, Dr. Magnus Hirschfeld (1868-1935) was a trailblazing defender of homosexual and transgender people in Germany and beyond. In conjunction with the GLBT History Museum’s current exhibition about Hirschfeld, a panel of distinguished historians will discuss his life and legacy:

• Mel Gordon, author of “Voluptuous Panic: The Erotic World of Weimar Berlin” (2008), will place Hirschfeld’s work in the context of German sexual culture of the 1920s.

• Gayle Rubin, professor of anthropology and women’s studies at the University of Michgan, Ann Arbor, and author of “Deviations: A Gayle Rubin Reader” (2011), will trace Hirschfeld’s influence as a sexologist.

• Gerard Koskovich, curator of the exhibition “Through Knowledge to Justice: The Sexual World of Dr. Magnus Hirschfeld,” will introduce and moderate the panel and will over a brief overview of Hirschfeld’s work and his 1931 visit to San Francisco.