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Karl Maria Kertbeny

Quoth Andrew Wilkholm:

"Karl Maria Kertbeny was a Hungarian writer who is remembered today mostly for coining the term 'homosexual' as a replacement for the pejorative term 'pederast' that was used in the German and French speaking world of his time. Though he claimed not to be homosexual himself, Kertbeny said that his sense of justice made him cry out against sodomy prosecutions. Kertbeny argued that homosexuality is an inborn disposition, so laws like Paragraph 175[?] that punish it are unjust.

"Kertbeny's writing career produced many books, but almost nothing of literary merit."



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