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30 Days of Pride: Karl Heinrich Ulrichs

June 1st kicked off Pride Month! So, for the next 30 days let's recognize the people who played pivotal roles in LGBTQ history.

DAY TWO 👉 KARL HEINRICH ULRICHS


"Karl Heinrich Ulrichs was a civil servant in Germany until he was forced to resign in 1854 on account of his homosexuality.

He became an activist and published 12 volumes of work about sexuality, including what’s believed to be the first theory about homosexuality. He argued that it is an, ‘inborn condition’ not a learned corruption, as was the prevailing wisdom at the time.

Ulrichs is thought to have been the first gay person to publicly speak out for homosexual rights. In 1867, he urged the German government to repeal anti-homosexuality laws, which firmly established himself as the pioneer of the gay rights movement." 

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