Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual &Transgender Studies
|UD may offer gay studies minor program
Students in public policy, law, arts may be interested
By SEAN O'SULLIVAN
Staff reporter, Delaware News Journal
A University of Delaware faculty committee is working on a proposal that could
establish a new minor in gay studies, making UD one of about 30 other colleges and
universities that offer similar programs. ....
It may seem odd that a university should consider such a
proposal, but there are in fact already
that offer formal LGBT courses and certification.
One of those is the University of Maryland, where campus police recently had problems
with removing non-students who were frequenting campus washrooms in search of candidates
for homosexual liaisons:
Problem With Creepy Guys Hanging Around Public Restrooms? You Homophobe!
Efforts by campus cops to crack down on non-students who use public restrooms for
random gay-sex encounters are being called homophobic by some folks in the Gay, Lesbian,
Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (GLBTQ) community, reports The Chronicle of Higher Education.
(Sorry, that web page is no longer accessible, neither at its
original location nor at the Internet archive)
After a number of complaints, officials at Boston University cracked down and began
arresting violators on charges of indecent exposure or lewd and lascivious behavior. Other
campuses have seen similar crackdowns.
But some gay students say persecuting participants in this so-called "tearoom"
culture is discriminatory.
"Heterosexual couples exploring sex on Lovers' Lane is romanticized, but same-sex sex
is treated differently," says Luke Jensen of the University of Maryland at College
Park. "The question of public versus private can be a shifting paradigm. Why is a
bathroom stall considered a private space except when it comes to sex?"
Supporters say the practice also is an integral part of the coming-out process for
"For some men, their whole connection with gay life stemmed from their experiences in
bathrooms," says William L. Leap, a professor of anthropology at American University
and the editor of the book, Public Sex/Gay Space. "Tearooms became the basis for
social interactions, a way of getting into a friendship network."
There you have it. Having sex with a member of the same sex in a public
washroom may not be your cup of tea, but it is ostensibly quite normal behaviour, a mere
act of socializing, nothing more significant than having a nice social cup of tea.
There are more leads to
more universities offering GLBT courses and certificates.
Will our children be safe from sexual predation when they go to college, safe from
sexual affairs and encounters that can be deadly but carry no more significance in the
minds of some people than to imbibe a cup of tea? Surely they must be. Isn't all of the
progress toward increasing sexual freedom in pursuit of a more enlightened society in
which everything and anything will be done only when it is in the best interest of our
By the way, a search for "GLBT studies" produced 985 search returns, one for
"LGBT studies produced 2,200", one for "Women's studies" produced
796,000 and one for "men's studies" 23,000. It is now possible to obtain degrees
in GLBT studies and in Women's studies. In spite of the great extent of interest reflected
by the 23,000 search returns for men's studies and although men are at the focus of many
studies not so much examining but promoting women's- and GLBT rights, no men's studies
certification is on offer anywhere. Nevertheless, it appears that
heterosexual men are seen as the
problem in women's and GLBT studies.
That should not surprise anyone. There are parallels in history. Under Hitler's
implementation of radically new ways of thinking the situation was very much the same in
relation to "the Jewish problem". No politically correct university at the time
would have dared to launch or conduct study programs that investigated or promoted Jewish
values any more than one would dare launch a men's studies program today. Nevertheless,
it's as "normal" for homosexuals to "socialize" in public bathrooms
now as it was during Hitler's time for uniformed racist extremists to march in the streets
in lock-step to the sound of drums and fanfares.
Political correctness and totalitarianism work in the same fashion anywhere and
anytime, but their targets change with the winds of politics.
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