Hide/Seek at the Brooklyn Museum

Last spring, one of my students blogged about the groundbreaking exhibition Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture at the National Portrait Gallery.  At the time, I was following with great interest the controversy that surrounded Hide/Seek when Smithsonian Secretary Wayne Clough decided to pull David Wojnarowicz’s video “A Fire in My Belly” from the […]

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Tolerance vs. Acceptance

In class this week we discussed the effectiveness of organizing and advocacy versus simply coming out in the struggle for gay rights.  Clearly, both of these things were essential to achieving the progress that GLBTQ people have realized in the past decades. I want to explain what I think the particular effect of each of […]

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Coming Out in the Military

I keep thinking the other day about our discussion about terminology—what exactly it meant to be gay, masculine, effeminate, etc. Classmates have brought up the point, I think rightly so, that for men in perceptibly “less masculine” sport/profession (for instance, figure skating), being found to a homosexual is less shocking than if someone in a […]

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