Notes from discussion

Author: Mignon Moore

Title: Lipstick or Timberlands? Meanings of Gender Presentation in Black Lesbian Communities

Year: 2006


  1. The study takes place in New York city and references black lesbians from the 1970s to present day.
  2. The key questions are revolving around identity and the stratifications in the black lesbian community.
  3. The implied audience is probably academics and people interested in the field as well as the LGBT community.
  4. The work is interview based.
  5. The researcher uses interview.
  6. The key argument is that black lesbian culture is often overlooked and their struggle with identity is the same as working class white lesbians.
  7. The writer uses testimonials to illustrate their point.
  8. Negative portrayals and anonymity.
  9. They aren’t really involved.
  10. The most interesting contribution is the desegregation of gayness so to speak. This paper sheds light of minority lesbians, a topic that isn’t really talked about.
  11. What is inspiring is the fact that even though black lesbians are ignored and often brushed of the culture is still working to move forward.



Young MA- image, popular connection

What about the patterns in this study interested others?

Do you believe that the study uncovered some unhealthy social constructs?

Many women in the study talked about how more fem women could not get with other fem women and the same for more butch women.

Why do these constructs exist?






Author: Moises Kaufman

Title: The Laramie project and The Laramie project: Ten years later

Year: 2014


  1. This story takes place in the town of Laramie, Wyoming it is a play centered around the killing of Matt Shepard, a gay student from Laramie.
  2. The key questions were revolving around Matthew Shepard’s death and how the residents of Laramie and those involved felt about the situation. The work was really about painting a picture of the opinions of the town and then again 10 years later.
  3. There really isn’t an implied audience but considering that it was a play and was revolving around an “LGBT” issue the audience would have probably been wealthier liberals.
  4. The style of the work is in a script form. It is an interview based play.
  5. The writer uses interviews.
  6. There isn’t really an argument, the idea of the piece is to show Laramie from Laramie’s perspective.
  7. The writer interviews people from Laramie about the situation including the man who actually killed Matt.
  8. I believe that the coverage and popularity of Matt Shepard’s murder.
  9. The government isn’t really involved in creation but they are interviewed about the murder.
  10. The most interesting contribution to my understanding of queer America is the fact that Matthew Shepard became such a household name because of his looks mostly which sort of pointed my to other articles about the image of the gay person as a perfect white man.
  11. What is inspiring is the degree to which people rallied behind Matthew and sort of used the tragedy to push the cause forward.


What emotions did this draw from you?

Why do you think this made national news?

What do you think of the towns reaction? What about 10 years later?

Laramie became synonymous with Matt Shepard.

Town was unable to pivot to something better.

Most in the town want to forget.

Aaron McKinney seemed very removed from the fact that he killed someone.

He doesn’t seem to show empathy when he tells the mom to move on from her son’s death.

Do you think there were more substancial things that the town could have done in order to make the town a safer more accepting environment? In other words do you think they’ve learned from the situation?



Author: Kate Davis

Title: Southern Comfort

Year: 2003


  1. The documentary takes place in Georgia during the last year of Robert Eads life.
  2. The key questions and issues are that Robert is a transgender man who is dying of ovarian cancer. He would not be helped by doctors because they didn’t believe that helping him would reflect well on them.
  3. This wasn’t a very popular movie but the audience would have been trans rights activists.
  4. The movie is interview based.
  5. Interviews are the most present form of research.
  6. The key ideas of the movie are that Robert was not treated fairly by doctors and it aims to show you the great people and things around him.
  7. Clips and interviews are used in the movie.
  8. The idea that Robert is a man with ovarian cancer that is dying are the directors guide to action.
  9. The doctors played a huge role in the fate of Robert.
  10. This didn’t really help me understand anything new but it made me very upset with the state of ignorance and prejudice in America.
  11. What was inspiring to me was the fact that Robert’s friends and family were all so positive about everything and they kept each other afloat.


Knowing that Robert’s cancer could have been cured made this very hard to watch.

Although, his happiness and the support from his friends was really uplifting.



Author: Gavin Brown

Title: Homonormativity: A Metropolitan concept that denigrates ordinary gay lives

Year: 2012


  1. This writing takes place in all of the gay global cities
  2. The key idea is unpacking homonormativity and showing its effect on the gay population.
  3. There is no implied audience but I would say that the audience would be more academic.
  4. The style of the work is an academic paper. The author is in academia.
  5. There is historical analysis and also analysis of current times.
  6. The key argument is that homonormativity is bad for the gay community.
  7. The writer cites the treatment of gay people of color and how society views white gay men versus gay men of color or white unmarried or poor gay men.
  8. The lac of research on the topic and the image of the normal gay man around the world served as the guide to action.
  9. The role of culture as an external actor is to really normalize one type of gay person.
  10. The most interesting piece of knowledge for me was that homonormativity existed. I didn’t realize that it existed and affected people in the way that it does.
  11. For me I have yet to understand what we can do to effectively change it.

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