But for the closeted gay college students, going to the bars was much more than a passing parade. Kelly remembers that one of his fraternity brothers held his bachelor party at the Beige Room, a drag queen showplace in San Francisco. Many of Kelly's friends did not know Kelly was gay and even though he was having trysts with men, Kelly did not think of himself as homosexual. Kelly, Dickemann and five other gay alumni told their stories for an oral history project called Gay Bears. William Benemann , head of technical services at the Boalt Hall Law Library, has devoted many volunteer hours to putting the collection together. He is also adjunct curator for the Bancroft Library's Sexual Orientation and Social Conflict Collection, which examines gay and opposing reactions to such issues as same-sex marriages and domestic- partner benefits.
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I wanted a glimpse of the life I could have — someone who looked like me and could understand my struggle. It was what gay society told me was the pinnacle of male beauty. For a long time, I thought that coming out would open doors to a place where I could be open about my identity without judgement. As gay men, we all go through an emotional journey to discover a sense of self; to allow ourselves to be vulnerable enough to come out and let our lives fall into place. And while I found acceptance in innumerable ways through friends, coming out also meant entering a world brimming with a distinct, ubiquitous form of discrimination — where racism runs rampant and everyone is boxed into manufactured stereotypes. I learned quickly that some of the most blatant racism in the gay community is pointed at Asian men.
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I n , when Calvin Burdine was awaiting sentencing for allegedly stabbing his gay lover to death, the prosecuting attorney encouraged the jury in his closing remarks to award Burdine the death penalty, rather than life in prison, on the grounds that sending a gay man to prison was akin to sending a kid to a candy store. After 17 minutes of deliberation, the jury obliged and sentenced Burdine to die. His death sentence was later overturned mostly because Burdine's public defender had slept through much of his trial , but the homophobic thinking — that prison is some kind of paradise for gay men — lingers on. The reality of life in prison for homosexuals and transgender individuals does not appear to reflect this myth.
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