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Unformatted text preview: Discussion for Week 9 by Ross Avilla (PSC 245) Stereotype threat is probably the main reason I had such a hard time coming to terms with my own sexuality growing up. Contrary to most coming out stories, I came from a very liberal family and have always had very tolerant friends, so you’d think that I would have had an easy time coming out. Despite the fact that I clearly had feelings for men, for a very long time I just couldn’t see myself as gay. I didn’t seem to act or think the way the other gay people I knew did. It wasn’t until my junior year in college that I began to meet other gay men like me, who didn’t fall into gay stereotypes. I have since come to find that probably most of us don’t exactly fit the “gay mold”, but, unfortunately, the men that do are, by far, the most visible. The trouble is that non-stereotypical gay men are often difficult to even distinguish as gay. Stereotypically gay behavior and traits seem to be very functional in gay culture, mostly serving to make us visible to...
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- Winter '07
- Homosexuality, Gay community