I read that Nazi Germany only prosecuted gay men, not gay women. This really confuses me.
As to my understanding, the Nazis wanted to increase the Aryan population and exclusively gay men don't seem to be of much help for this endeavor. However, an Aryan woman being gay seems like a much bigger loss. Why did they lock gay men up in concentration camps and kill them / work them to death but didn't prosecute gay women at all? Wouldn't it be much more logical to force them to have children with Aryan men?
Furthermore, why did the put gay men who were capable of fighting in concentration camps? This seems very illogical to me.
As far as I understand it, most Nazis were convinced homosexuality is congenital. Only some thought it's acquired during life. I do understand that they feared a decrease in the number of Aryans due to war losses and wanted to increase the reproduction of their people but straight-up removing them from the work force or army (I don't count living in a forced labor camp for a short period of time before dying as being part of the work force permanently because ... well, they died after a short period of time, compared to the amount they would be able to work outside of concentration camps) seems like a really stupid thing to do.
Even if they wanted to make sure straight people aren't infected with homosexuality due to exposure to gays, couldn't they still use gay men for their war effort? Possibly having dedicated gay divisions to minimize exposure of straight men to gay men.
Why were they just fine with gay women living in the regular population when some of them feared that homosexuality could be contagious? Shouldn't those who despised gays and assumed homosexuality to be an acquired trait have been in favor of forcing Aryan women to have sex with Aryan men and have children, therefore increasing the Aryan population with good chances of the children being straight?
I know that there only was a law criminalizing homosexuality in men, not in women, but surely some stupid old law could just be changed.