Karl Heinrich Ulrichs' Bowtie
Karl Heinrich Ulrichs (from Kennedy)


Karl Heinrich Ulrichs




Gives user the courage to come out as a member of the LGBTQ community




Wearing or holding

Collected by

Steve Jinx and Claudia Donovan



Date of Collection

November 30th 2014



Karl Heinrich Ulrichs was a German writer and human rights campaigner. He wrote several essays, books, and petitions under pseudonyms and later his real name, openly admitting to being a homosexual. He wrote several papers on gender theory and sexual orientation, one of the first to explore a normally taboo area. He petitioned the German government to repeal the anti-homosexual laws in place. He is credited as one of the first people to "come out" publically to advance the rights of the LGBTQ community.

A quote from later in his life was "Until my dying day I will look back with pride that I found the courage to come face to face in battle against the spectre which for time immemorial has been injecting poison into me and into men of my nature. Many have been driven to suicide because all their happiness in life was tainted. Indeed, I am proud that I found the courage to deal the initial blow to the hydra of public contempt."


When worn or held, the bowtie will give the user the courage needed to publically come out of the closet aka, be an open member of the LGBTQ community. The effect does not wear off, and those that come in contact with it will remain courageous and strong even in the face of ignorance and public contempt.


Upon collecting and placing this item within the Warehouse, Steve and Claudia saluted Ulrichs for his brave step forward.

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