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Johann Rosenmüller

November 26, 2010

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Arrested for sodomy in Germany, composer Johann Rosenmüller escaped and ended up in Venice, where his music in the Italian style made its way back to Germany and greatly influenced other composers.

Mit Verlangen

November 21, 2010

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The giant of baroque religious music, J.S. Bach's musical justification of his style of composing is the cantata Der Streit zwischen Phoebus und Pan. It includes as its centerpiece the homoerotic aria "Mit Verlangen."

Otto Peltzer

November 4, 2010

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One-time world champion runner Otto Peltzer was captain for the German Olympic Team in 1928 and 1932. But when the Nazis came into power, he was interned in Mauthauzen concentration camp for his iconoclasm and his homosexuality.

Gustaf Gründgens

October 26, 2010

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Married to lesbian Erika Mann and negatively portrayed by her gay brother Klaus Mann in his book Mephisto, gay German actor Gustaf Gründgens' greatest role was Mephistopheles, ironically.

Anders als die Andern

October 16, 2010

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The first movie about gay rights, the 1919 Anders als die Andern features Conrad Veidt and in a minor role, Magnus Hirschfeld, the father of gay research.

Countess Geschwitz

October 10, 2010

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The first explicit lesbian character in opera, the tragic roll of the Countess Geschwitz, based on the character from Frank Wedekind's plays, was created originally by mezzo Maria Bernhard in 1937 and in film by Alice Roberts.

Karl-Heinrich Ulrichs

October 2, 2010

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Karl-Heinrich Ulrichs wasn't just the first man to come out of the closet, both privately and publicly, he was the first man to argue for gay rights publicly, in 1867 at the German Congress of Jurists. He also happened to write the first gay vampire story.