Last updated on: 2/27/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

Karl Heinrich Ulrichs Biography

Title:
Lawyer and Gay advocate
Position:
Pro to the question "Is Sexual Orientation Determined at Birth?"
Reasoning:

“Urnings [male homosexuals] result from a crossing of the male and female generative principles during the first crucial stages of fetal development. Thus Urnings are essentially ‘male’ in body, ‘female’ in desire.”

Inclusa, 1864

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Argued before the Congress of German Jurists for the abolition of sodomy laws, 1867
  • Developed the concept that homosexuals belonged to a “third sex” and their attraction to members of the same sex was as natural as the attraction of heterosexuals to members of the opposite sex
  • Named Secretary of All German Society, 1859
Education:
  • Law degree, Berlin University, 1848
Other:
  • Born: 1825
  • Deceased: 1895