Karl Heinrich Ulrichs

Due to his outspoken support for the gay community, Ulrichs spent a large portion of his life at odds with the law; his books and pamphlets were banned in several regions. He bore his ostracism with dignity, saying “Until my dying day, I will look back with pride that I found the courage to come face to face in battle against the specter which for time immemorial has been injecting poison into me and into men of my nature…I am proud that I found the courage to deal the initial blow to the hydra of public contempt.” In 1879, he quietly retired himself to Italy, where he died in 1895. His gravestone says, “Exile and Pauper.”

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