What do historians think about the apparent resurgence
of authoritarianism in certain quarters?
“The LGBTQ community in the US isn’t facing now the kind of anti-homosexual campaign unleashed by the Nazis in the 1930s." Yet, “there does seem to be something about populist and xenophobic nationalism that inclines it to scapegoat sexual and gender minorities.”

Robert Beachy, Underwood International College

Author of Gay Berlin

“There’s no ‘toleration’ of queers and trans people that naturally grows over time, just as white racism doesn’t necessarily dissipate over time. ... The fact that many gay men were in what they thought was a better position in 1933 – living more open lives, for example – put them in a worse position when the Nazi persecutions started.”

Laurie Marhoefer, University of Washington

Author of Sex and the Weimar Republic

“We need to be on our guard... [but] it is very clear that the younger generations today mostly embrace and welcome their LGBT friends and colleagues, and would object vocally to any punitive action. This generational shift in attitudes among straight people may be what can prevent a push-back. That was not present in 1930s Germany.”

Geoffrey Giles, University of Florida