This June, though, we need to take care of not only gays but all members of the LGBTQ family – find stories that can unite us instead of dividing us.
In recent decades, a growing number of activists and historians have traced the neglected history of gay persecution in Nazi Germany. Her work shows that even in the absence of a law criminalizing homosexuality, the Nazi government persecuted gay women because they were gay.
In the eyes of fascist authorities, these various actions and identities were proof that Hawke did not belong to the “community of the people.” In her words, she was a victim of “moral turpitude.”
In this Pride Month, we must remember the history of persecution, as well as the injustices that LGBTQ people face around the world – and here at home.