How To Be Gay

If you attend the University of Michigan, you have an opportunity to take this class.


Section 002 — How to be Gay: Male Homosexuality and Initiation.

Course Description:

We will examine a number of cultural artifacts and activities that seem to play a prominent role in learning how to be gay: Hollywood movies, grand opera, Broadway musicals, and other works of classical and popular music, as well as camp, diva-worship, drag, muscle culture, taste, style, and political activism. Are there a number of classically ‘gay’ works such that, despite changing tastes and generations, all gay men, of whatever class, race, or ethnicity, need to know them, in order to be gay? What is there about gay identity that explains the gay appropriation of these works? What do we learn about gay male identity by asking not who gay men are but what it is that gay men do or like? One aim of exploring these questions is to approach gay identity from the perspective of social practices and cultural identifications rather than from the perspective of gay sexuality itself.

This isn’t your father’s college education. I don’t even know where to begin…

Liberalism, Gay, Homosexuality, University of Michigan

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