In 1977, the Nation Action Group against Repression against Gay People [Nationaler Arbeitskreis Repression gegen Schwule or NARGS] was founded in Hamburg during an annual Pentecost Day meeting of members of the gay community. The group’s goal was to document and publicize repression against homosexuals and thereby increase awareness of their plight among the political left. In 1978, the Third International Russell Tribunal on Civil Liberties took place in Frankfurt. There, a ban imposed by the city of Aachen on a local gay group was discussed only in terms of censorship, not as an act of repression. From that point on, the gay movement started focusing on organizing independently. Pictured here is the festival “Homolulu – Dance on the Volcano,” an international meeting of gay action groups held in Frankfurt am Main from July 23–29, 1979.

“Homolulu – Dance on the Volcano” in Frankfurt am Main (1979)

  • Abisag Tüllmann


Source: “Homolulu – The Birth of a Volcano or the Attempt to Make Utopia Concrete.” International meeting of the National Action Group against Repression against Gay People (NARGS), July 23–29, 1979. Participants in the garden of the Frankfurt university cafeteria. Photo: Abisag Tüllmann.
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