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Rolf Gindorf
Rolf Gindorf Rolf Gindorf, Research and Clinical Sexologist (Ph.D. in Clinical Sexology). Clinical Assistant Professor, American Academy of Clinical Sexologists, Orlando (Florida, USA) till 2009. Director (since 1978), DGSS-INSTITUT (counseling and research) in Düsseldorf (Germany).

Originally a graduate from a language school (diplomas in French, Spanish, English and Arabic), he first worked as a translator. Attending night classes in economics, law, and social sciences he became an export merchant and eventually President/controlling share holder of an international corporation supplying capital goods to the Middle and Far East. Then he started on his sexological career and studied sexual science, therapy and counseling, sociology, and psychology at the Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf, at the  Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality (IASHS) in San Francisco (CA), and at the American Academy of Clinical Sexologists (AACS) (ex-Maimonides University, Miami) in Orlando (FL) where he obtained his doctorate.  

Main fields of interest: gay and bisexuality research and counseling; sexual counseling and therapy; AIDS prevention and counseling; theoretical foundations of sexology. Internet presentation of sexual science and counselling (1996 first German language sexological web site, meanwhile also in English).

Author and (co-)editor of more than 60 sexological publications, including nine books (two in English: Bisexualities. The Ideology and Practice of Sexual Contact with Both Men and Women. New York: Continuum Publishing Co. 1998, 270 pp., ed. with E. J. Haeberle, and Sexology as a Profession: Max Weber Revisited. Problems in a Sexologically Underdevelopped Country. Miami: Maimonides University Press 2007, 169 pp.) and two book series Publications.

National sexological functions and honors a. o.: Founder (1971), President (until 1979), thereafter Honorary President of the German Society for the Advancement of Social Scientific Sexuality Research (GFSS); 1982 Founder and till 2004 Vice President, thereafter Honorary President of the German Society for Social Scientific Sexuality Research DGSS (named before 1982: GFSS). Founder (1978), since then Director of the GFSS / DGSS-Institute for Sexual and Gay Counseling. Magnus Hirschfeld Medal for Outstanding Servive to Sexual Reform (2004).

When he was honored with German sexology's most prestigeous award, the Magnus-Hirschfeld-Medal, the award document read:

"The German Sociaty for Social-Scientific Sexuality Reasearch (DGSS) is proud to award its Magnus Hirschfeld Medal for Sexual Reform to Rolf Gindorf.

Over the past four decades, Rolf Gindorf has been showing exemplary and highly successful committment to the cause of sexual reform in Germany. With the GFSS and DGSS, he has founded two sexological research societies, and with the DGSS Institute he has created a scientifically based sexual counseling body recognized all over Germany.

As President and Vice President of the German Society for Social-Scientific Sexuality Research (DGSS) he has organized numerous conferences on human sexualities of international scope. As a sexual scientist he has more than 60 publications to his credit, including the book series "Schriftenreihe Sozialwissenschaftliche Sexualforschung" which he co-edited. For three decades he has been heading the DGSS Sexual and Gay Counseling Institute in Düsseldorf. For many years he has also been sitting on various political committees to improve the social integration of gays and lesbians. Altogether Rolf Gindorf has been contributing essentially towards institutionalizing social-scientific sexuality research and professional gay counseling in Germany.

Today, on the occasion of the XVI. Conference on Social Scientific Sexuality Research at Lüneburg University, we honor Rolf Gindorf for 33 years of pioneering sexological work by awarding him the Magnus Hirschfeld Medal for Outstanding Service to Sexual Reform.

Lüneburg, June 27, 2004

Prof. Dr. G. Runkel (President)   Prof. Dr. K. Etschenberg (Vice President)"

International activities, memberships, and functions include: Scientific Advisor, Shanghai Sex Sociology Research Center; World Association for Sexual Health (WAS); European Federation of Sexology (EFS); Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS); Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS); Editorial Board, Journal of Homosexuality; Editorial Board, 'Sexuality and Culture'. International Scientific Committees, XIII. (1997, Valencia) and XIV. (1999, Hongkong) World Congress of Sexology as well as 6. Congress of the European Federation of Sexology (2002, Limassol/Cyprus).

One of the first post-war openly gay political campaigners, he made his own homosexuality public in a magazine article in 1962 (at a time when the brutal Nazi anti-gay legislation was still in force) but remained unscratched by the authorities. In 1971 he founded one of the nation's first post-war gay lobbying organizations, the "Düsseldorfer Arbeitskreis Homosexualität und Gesellschaft", successfully lobbying for sex education reforms in schools. In 1976 he organized and conducted Germany's first gay/lesbian courses ("Learning To Be Gay!") at public Adult Education Colleges. - Subsequently concentrating on gay counseling and research, he remained a friendly, and sometimes participating, observer to new generations of gay activists.

Private life: Born May 14, 1939, in Köln (Cologne). Since age 19 suffering from a severe handicap (spastic hemiparesis). MENSA member since 1961 (membership no. M666). "Out" for some 50 years, he has always been living in stable partnerships, since 1977 with   Wolfgang Gindorf né Christiaens, born in 1956. Together, they sued for legal marriage rights all the way to the German Supreme Court (Bundesverfassungsgericht) - vainly at first, but with the Court ruling that the German Congress should provide for some legal institute for same-sex partnerships. This ultimately led to the Federal Domestic Partnership Law (copying marriage law in most respects but name) which came into force on August 1, 2001. After the necessary additional State law was passed and came into effect October 1, 2001, Rolf and Wolfgang were legally joined that same day at the local Registry Office. Thus, after their long fight for rights, values and symbols, they were finally "married" - shortly before their silver wedding anniversary.

The photo shows them in front of the City Registry Office (where Federal Law requires all German weddings to be performed) right after the wedding ceremony.
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    "... has achieved, by his own efforts and originally as an academic outsider, a remarkable success which puts to shame many a German University chair."
- Prof. Dr. Dr. Erwin J. Haeberle

    "I have learned much from him about facets of human sexuality ..."
- Prof. Dr. Ernest Borneman

    "... an expert from whom I learn gladly."
- Prof. Dr. Helmut Kentler

    "Founder and shaper of the DGSS, prime mover of humanitarianism."
- Prof. Dr. Dr. Reinhard Wille

   "We honor Rolf Gindorf for 33 years of pioneering sexological work by awarding him the Magnus Hirschfeld Medal for Outstanding Service to Sexual Reform."
- Prof. Dr. Gunter Runkel and Prof. Dr. Karla Etschberg

    "Special Achievements: Rolf Gindorf institutionalized sexuality research through the social sciences, and professionalized gay counseling in Germany."
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Rolf Gindorf


Rolf Gindorf
Gerresheimer Str. 20
D-40211 Düsseldorf (Germany)

Phone: (+49 211) 354 591
Fax: (+49 211) 360 777

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