Listen again: 26th June 2012

The Gay Museum in Berlin

Rosie welcomes Karen Newman, spokesperson from the Jewish Gay Lesbian Group that celebrated its 40th anniversary on 30th June. It’s a very lively group and she tells us that, in a way, it provides a home for those, whose families, for example, have problems with accepting their identity: Jewish AND gay. Only 40 years ago, this combination seemed practically impossible.

Besides celebrating its 40th anniversary, the group offers many other events. Check out their website www.jglg.org.uk

We also present the Gay Museum in Berlin. We hear from its director Karl-Heinz Steinle and have author Clayton Littlewood in the studio again, who visited the museum. He recalls how fascinated he was by it and explains why he was not surprised to find it in Berlin rather than in London.

Alongside its permanent exhibition the museum has also two temporary exhibitions on until August. The first includes photos by Petra Gall and Rüdiger Trautsch; Petra Gall shows the lesbian scene that depicts Berlin’s subcultures from the 80s until the first years after the reunification, and Rüdiger Trautsch shows the gay and transvestite world of Berlin and Hamburg. The second exhibition is called ‘Self-discovery and Commotion – 50 Years of Gays and Lesbians in BRAVO’. BRAVO is Germany’s most read youth magazine and the exhibition shows how BRAVO’s ‘agony aunt’ and the magazine as such dealt with questions regarding homosexuality.

More information can be found on the museum’s website www.schwulesmuseum.de.

Also, check out Clayton’s readings from his book ‘Goodbye to Soho’ and his website www.claytonlittlewood.com.

For rights reasons the music is not on the podcast, but that’s what you could hear on the show:

1) Ezra Axelrod: ‘Loud and Brave’ from the album “American Motel”

2) The Irrepressibles: ‘Arrow’ from the album “Nude” out in October.

3) Georgette Dee: ‘Das bringt Spaß’ from the album “Einfach so? Genau!”

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