An LGBTQ Book Club
Textual Orientation is book club featuring fiction, history, and creative nonfiction titles that focus on LGBTQ people and their lives. Anyone is welcome to participate.
At its inaugural meeting, Club attendees will discuss Robert Beachy’s historical study, Gay Berlin. Long known for the friendly company of its “warm brothers” (German slang for men who love other men), before the turn of the twentieth-century, Berlin was a place where educators, activists, and medical professionals could explore and begin to educate both themselves and Europe about new and emerging sexual identities. It was a city of firsts—the first sex reassignment surgeries, (arguably) the first openly gay man—that molded our modern understanding of sexual orientation and gay identity. Robert Beachy deftly guides readers through past events and developments that continue to shape and influence the way we think about sexuality to this day.
Attendees are expected to have read the book in advance. Copies of Gay Berlin can be purchased in paperback at The Writer’s Block Book Shop. No registration for the Club is required.