Academic Papers of Curtis M. Kularski

Gay Invisibility vs. Gay Identity


Introduction to Lesbian & Gay Studies WGST 2050
- No Program - Fall 2011

Abstract

             Since the initial defining of the terms homosexual and heterosexual, there have existed sexual identity categories. The categories were created as unequal, with homosexuality being rendered as inferior to heterosexuality, which was assumed to be the natural order of sexuality. In categorizing homosexuals as distinct, they were created as a separate class of people, capable of their own identity. The identity was originally a negative trait socially, and was associated with discrimination and hate crimes. Discrimination has been reduced and the homosexual identity has been integrated into society more fluidly in modern times, but this creates a problem for gay identity. A question is raised of whether gay identity should continue to exist, or if the identity should fold into the rest of society to become invisible

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