Thomas mann was colossal in love with his son Klaus

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The family of Thomas Mann tangled with cursed from the generation to generation. Isn't it strange when suicides happen in the last two generations along with the strong sign of homosexuality in the family. Thus, it is difficult to believe that the father was in love with his son. It was the Mann who stated the relation between Thomas and his elder son, Klaus.

Thomas Mann in 1937 | credit to Wikimedia

Mann, born to Raman catholic mother, Julia Da Silva Bruhns (German Brazilian writer) as a Paul Thomas Mann (6 Jun 1875 – 12 Aug 1955) in the family of senator, Johann Heinrich Mann. A tall, in the gable house of the narrow streets. His grandfather, Johann Siegmund Mann Jr, was a counsellor, all his entire life sick. The family was living close to the shore of Lübeck, Germany. Thomas received a Nobel Prize  in literature in the year 1929 for his novel Buddenbrooks. The novel was first published in 1901, however, his another novel “the magic mountain” was widely read. It was published in 1924.

It is the whole Germany who is witness to the family of Mann and their generations. Furthermore, it is true that the family cursed with suicide from their all the generations. In fact, the family members were mostly writers, some of them and their writings dedicated to deaths of their family members.

It is love, not reason, that is stranger than death.

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Thomas Mann became an honorary member of the Akademie der Künste in May 1955. In the German National Theater Weimar Johannes R. Becher presented the certificate of honor, Erika Mann congratulated the father, behind her is Victor Klemperer to see.
German author Marianne Krull

The son of Thomas Mann, Klaus committed suicide at the age of 42 due to overdose of sleeping pills. Therefore, upon hearing the sad news of his son, Thomas Mann said,

“Everything has becomes worrisome. My sorrow along with his mother is great. He should not have done of such a thing.”

Through the writings, the family, or Thomas Mann, failed to explain the deep-rooted seed of the family conflict of the past generation. German author, Marianne Krull spoke about the Mann family, “This is the family where suicide found in all the generation. Both of his sisters committed suicide and no one is sure about it. The suicide of Carla, his brother Heinrich and his sisters had also seen but vague. However, their writings are also devoted to death and suicidal events in their stories. Therefore, their next generation, Klaus, took his life along with Michael. Thus, everyone has questions that what is roots of these? Perhaps the tragic story of the mother.

Ronald Hayman | credit to Goodreads

In his book, Buddenbrooks, Thomas Mann named his house “Bourgelis family”, where he tried to portray the family drama. His biographer, Ronald Hayman, British critic and renowned for his biographical works, stated that his grandfather was sick in his entire life. He was a counsellor who had married to Elisabeth Marthy, his second wife, who was a rich widow.

Thomas Mann as a child completed his schooling in boarding school, along with his siblings, Thomas used to visit home occasionally on weekends to visit grandparents. The kids never allowed to cross the wall of the house without their permission. Such a lifelong desire of the kids used to had were denied from their early days. Furthermore, read suicidal poet Amy Levy and her poem “A London Plane-Tree

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Barbara Gittings life
Barbara Gittings

Barbara Gittings (b. 31 July 1932 to d. 18 Feb 2007) was the mother of gay men and lesbian of the late 50s and founder of “Daughters of Bilitis” it was the first lesbian rights organization. Miss Barbara being the first editor of the publication, The Ladder (Magazine of Lesbian she studied deeply what is the definition of Uranian).

I wore drag because I thought that was a way to show I was gay. It’s changed now, but in the early 50s, there were basically two types of women in the gay bars: the so-called butch ones in short hair and plain masculine attire and the so-called femme one's in dresses and high heels and makeup. I knew high heels and makeups weren’t my personal style, so I thought… I must be the other kind!


Barbara Gittings

ㅡ David Carter, author of “Stonewall”,

She was one of the rare people in the homophile movement before Stonewall who took a million stance.

The stonewall riots were a series of spontaneous, violent demonstrations by members of the gay community. Barbara had also helped the American Psychiatric Association with an understanding of people of homosexuality.

I had to find bits and pieces under headings like “Sexual perversion and “Sexual abbreviation” in books on abnormal psychology. Miss Gittings told the publication in 1999.

Barbara Gittings

She took ownership of ending the discrimination against guy men and lesbians. But how young Barbara had evoked her interest in exploring homosexuality? Her father who spit out the truth about it. At an early age, she had read a book called, “The Well of Loneliness” in 1928 a novel of lesbian love by the English writer Radclyffe Hall. It was the beginning of her journey exploring the various studies of sex and discrimination against being a homophile.

I kept thinking about it, it’s me they are writing about, but it does not feel like me at all.

Barbara Gittings
Barbara Gittings doing protest

Her contribution was remarkable, Gay marriage, openness, and their visibility in the society had never been easy in the late 50s and 60s. Barbara had taken the change, step ahead, and become the mother of thousands of guy men and lesbians community. She fought hard for their rights and quality.

Everybody knew that the battle of ending the intolerance against Uranian was quite difficult, but she stood against it till the end of distinction against LGBTQ (LGBT is an initialism that stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender. In use since the 1990s, the term is an adaptation of the initialism LGB, which was used to replace the term gay regarding the LGBT community beginning in the mid-to-late 1980s), read more about it here.
Studying deep, Ms Gittings referred to many psychological books and psychologists, a purposeful woman did at whatever she could go to the extent for what she wanted to get for her fellow gay and lesbians friends.

My mission was not to get a general education, but to find out about me and what my life would be like. So, I stopped going to classes and started going to the library. There were no organizations to turn to in those days, only libraries were safe, although the information contained was dismal.

Barbara Gittings

During Gay Pioneer, (July 4, 1965, almost 40 gay and lesbian turned up in front of Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell people from New York, Washington DC and Philadelphia) Barbara said,

We are the first to do this in an organized fashion to stand up for ourselves. We were considered weird and sick, perverted, and just being wrong.
Most of the citizens of this country have been brainwashed into thinking that we were that way. First that we are not perverted, we are not sick, we are not weird. We are right and the whole world is wrong. We have a dress code, and we have conduct of code. We are out facing the public for the first time.

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