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Jake Purcell Grayer Sociology 1000 5 April 2018 Upon first glance I didn’t think that I could relate at all to Wayne Brekhus’ ideas about social identity because this source is a book about gay males. However, after further research it is apparent that Brekhus’ view of the world and comparisons of people in the gay community to animals could be used in any other community. He explains that there are three types of gay men in the community, peacocks and chameleons. A peacock is a flamboyant gay man who only associates himself with other members of the gay community and takes up particularly stereotypical hobbies and interests. For a peacock being homosexual is a primary part of who you are and your life is built around your sexual orientation. Brekhus uses the term “lifestyler” to describe their association with the gay community. This comparison is made because peacocks are known for showing their feathers to make themselves significantly more noticeable. On the other hand, there are chameleons. A chameleon is described as a member of
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  • Spring '18
  • BETHONYIRONS
  • Homosexuality, Bisexuality, Wayne Brekhus

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