He is best known for coining the words heterosexual and homosexual. The Benkert family moved to Budapest when he was a child—he was equally at home in Austria , Germany and Hungary. Hungarian writer and literary historian Lajos Hatvany has described him in these terms: "This moody, fluttering, imperfect writer is one of the best and undeservedly forgotten Hungarian memoir writers. As a young man, while working as a bookseller's apprentice, Benkert had a close friend who was gay. This young man killed himself after being blackmailed by an extortionist. Benkert later recalled that it was this tragic episode which led him to take a close interest in the subject of homosexuality, following what he called his "instinctive drive to take issue with every injustice.

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Homosexual studies and politics in the 19th century: Karl Maria Kertbeny.

Whenever I tell this to people, they respond with dramatic incredulity. It seems not to have occurred to those who made the video, or the millions who shared it, that we actually need an explanation for both. While heterosexual sex is clearly as old as humanity, the concept of heterosexuality as an identity is a very recent invention Credit: Getty Images. There are many reasons for this educational omission, including religious bias and other types of homophobia. But this rebuttal assumes that heterosexuality is the same thing as reproductive intercourse.


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Homosexual Studies and Politics in the 19th Century: Karl Maria Kertbeny

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