Gloria Brame, Ph.D.

Women of Trans Berlin: Two 1920s Photos

Filed By Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | March 09, 2011 1:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Gay Icons and History, Living, Transgender & Intersex
Tags: 1920s, LGBT history, pre-Nazi Berlin, queer history, transgender history, transgender studies, transwomen

Historic 1920s photo of a sophisticated group of transwomen, taken at the Eldorado Night Club on Berlin's Motzstraße. The Nazis shut the club down in 1933.


Another stellar member of 1920s Berlin's chic trans society:


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I really like the necklace on the lady in the white hat. She's very pretty.

I’m astounded at the German health care system. I’ve heard anedotes from time to time, but now I have a friend who actually transitioned in Germany.
Transgender people in Germany have medical coverage that includes SRS, BAS, FFS and even hair removal.

I know how difficult it is to emigrate there…but its tempting.

Its also sad and disappointing. I grew up being taught that the US is a world leader, that its cutting edge, that it embraces freedom and indivduality….only to grow up and realiaze that its only good ad copy.

Is it just me; or does the 2nd gal in from the left look like Colonel Klink's sister?

I spent three years in Berlin during the early 1980's. The germans were relatively open minded but not all were. I went to drag shows a couple of times at a place called Pal Joes on the Kurfustendamn.
I know that during the time of your photo graphs the Germans were the worlds leaders in medicine. Correct me if I'm wrong but I believe they were also the first country to do sex changes and that is where Lili Elbe had surgery.

You are right, Amy. Amazing photos...I don't feel so invisible anymore.