Lesbian and gay life in Germany began to thrive at the beginning of the 20th century. By the s, Paragraph of the German Penal Code, which criminalised homosexual acts, was being applied less frequently. In the process towards complete decriminalisation had been initiated within the German legislature. Repression against gay men and lesbians commenced within days of Hitler becoming Chancellor. On 6 May , the Nazis violently looted and closed The Institute for Sexual Science, burning its extensive collection on the streets. Unknown numbers of German gay men and lesbians fled abroad, and others entered into marriages in order to appear to conform to Nazi ideological norms, experiencing severe psychological trauma.
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Persecution of Homosexuals
A new Gallup poll suggests most Americans vastly overestimate how large the gay community is in the United States. According to the survey, released Thursday, a majority of people believe close to one in four Americans have continuously overestimated the size of the gay population in recent years—estimating Only about 4. But in this most recent poll, conducted in May, just 9 percent of respondents estimated under 5 percent.
Republish our articles for free, online or in print, under Creative Commons licence. Gay and bisexual men are four times more likely to attempt suicide in their lifetime than heterosexual men. Researchers now estimate that suicide kills more gay and bisexual men than AIDS. Despite this well-documented inequity, there are no targeted suicide prevention programs in Canada.