In the most recent years, the Oscars have been criticised for lack of diversity and turning a blind eye to sexual harassment allegations within the industry. If you want to find out more about these criticisms and social movements or want to know more about the Oscars in general, in this blog post I share with you some of the resources that are available about them in media and online.
Earlier this week we gave you an overview of the different film resources accessible for free through the Library. We mostly focused on the big Best Picture winners, so we wanted to come back and give some love to the less high profile award categories.
“Love for one’s own sex can be just as pure and noble as that for the opposite sex.”
– Magnus Hirschfeld – Intertitle from the film Different from the Others.
Magnus Hirschfeld is one of the four chosen faces for this year’s LGBT History Month campaign. Hirschfeld was born into a Jewish family in Kolberg. He was the son of a Doctor, a highly regarded physician Hermann Hirschfeld. Magnus followed in his father’s footsteps and studied medicine eventually earning his doctoral degree in 1892. However a tragic act of suicide changed Hirschfield’s path from general medical practice to sexology and forming the Scientific-Humanitarian Committee a group that advocated for homosexual and transgender rights.