Kertbeny: "Homosexual," Fall 1869

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Kertbeny first publicly uses his new term "homosexuality"

by Jonathan Ned Katz

Karl Maria Kertbeny first publicly used his new term homosexuality in the fall of 1869, in an anonymous leaflet arguing against the adoption of the "unnatural fornication" law throughout a united Germany.[1] The public proclamation of the homosexual's existence preceded the public unveiling of the heterosexual.

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  1. Jonathan Ned Katz, The Invention of Heterosexuality (NY:Dutton, March 1995), pp. 53-54, citing Jean-Claude Féray and Manfred Herzer, "Homosexual Studies and Politics in the Nineteenth Century: Karl Maria Kertbeny," trans. by Glen W. Peppel, Journal of Homosexuality 19:1 (1990), pp. 25, 34-35.