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Aretz Reads Ulrichs

Bernd Aretz' audience

Photo of Bernd Aretz by Harald H. Schröder A small, intimate group of people gathered together on a warm summer night in the courtyard of the bookstore Max & Milian to hear Bernd Aretz read from the writings of Ulrichs.

The store itself was filled with everything that could please a Gay bookworm. The hosts were very friendly. The courtyard had a cozy atmosphere -- with candlelight and wine being served.

On the occasion of the 175th birthday of Karl Heinrich Ulrichs on 8-28-2000, Marburg lawyer and author Bernd Aretz reads from the texts by the pioneer of the Gay Movement. Bernd Aretz, born in 1948, 'self-acclaimed middle-class autonymous drag queen,' works in Marburg as a lawyer and notary. For many years he has been active in the AIDS (self) Help program Aretz, who describes himself as "a self-acclaimed, middle-class, autonymous drag queen," is a well-known lawyer, notary, and AIDS activist from Marburg.

Aretz reads from texts by Ulrichs on the evening before the streetfair

The selections were from Ulrichs' collection of books titled Forschungen über das Räthsel der mannmännlichen Liebe (Research on the Riddle of Man-Manly Love), Matrosengeschichten (Sailor Stories), and from Ulrichs' poetry.

On the day after the reading, Bernd was seen and spoke at the birthday party on Karl-Heinrich-Ulrichs-Platz.

Bernd Aretz Bernd Aretz

To say that Bernd is enthusiastic about Ulrichs is an understatement. He never fails to mention Ulrichs in his books. He has presented the works of Ulrichs before in a reading titled "Anonymous Drag Queen Meets Karl Heinrich Ulrichs." Bernd also read the testimonial at the dedication of a plaque honoring Ulrichs on a building (Am Markt 5) in Göttingen in 1997.

Bernd Aretz reads Ulrichs

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