ABOUT THE CONCEPT
Our Lives Have Meaning!… Those GLBT people who were killed due to their sexuality or gender deserve to be remembered. That is why we will set aside one day a year to memorialize our martyrs and to educate ourselves and the world as to how homophobia can kill. It is our long term goal to have a monument to memorialize those who died somewhere in the United States and around the world.
This website will report on the 1999 Memorial Day and will help to plan the Year 2000 Memorial Day in New York City and Around the World!
On May 6, 1999, we initiated an international trend to commemorate the loss of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered lives (through killings, beatings and suicides) throughout our history. The 1999 program will explore the treatment of the homosexual community during the Third Reich, since it was the most systematic violent national reaction to homophobia. For if we do not remember what Hitler did to the previous generation of homosexuals, who else will? The Year 2000 Program will focus on contemporary times.
This website will be divided into 3 sections. The first section will describe in detail the First Memorial Day of May 6, 1999 held in New York City. The second section will focus on creating the Memorial Day 2000 in New York City. The third section will assist in spreading the concept to at least 5 other cities around the world for the year 2000. So far Alaska has been the only other state that has told us of their program.
HISTORICAL ORIGIN OF OUR FIRST MEMORIAL DAY...
On May 6, 1933 the Gestapo closed down Dr. Magnus Hirschfeld's Institute of Sexual Sciences and trashed the building. Much of the research and books were then taken to the famous bonfires in Berlin. We chose this day of May 6th to remember when Dr. Hirschfeld and his early Homosexual Rights Movement.
In 1997, the Goethe Institute, in conjunction with Congregation Beth Simchat Torah, and the International Association of Lesbian & Gay Children of Holocaust Survivors held the first Annual Dr. Magnus Hirschfeld Day Program. Part of the event included a Film Festival entitled "Not Straight from Germany" and an exhibit from the Berlin Museum and speakers on the life and times of Dr. Magnus Hirschfeld.
In 1998, we conducted the Second Annual Hirschfeld Program and reviewed proposals for a memorial to the persecution of the homosexual community during the Third Reich to be hung at CBST.
This section will start to list names of people who were killed or committed suicide due to their sexuality. It is in a random order as names come across my attention. Please feel free to email more names and information.
If you wish to read the list...Click Here
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