Arriving at terms with homosexual emotions is hard in this culture, but particularly at Wesleyan.

Arriving at terms with homosexual emotions is hard in this culture, but particularly at Wesleyan.

The very first ad for a queer team at Wesleyan into the Argus arrived in March 1975:

Arriving at terms with homosexual emotions is hard in this society, but especially at Wesleyan. About 15 Wes. Men and women have been fulfilling: two times in the last fourteen days, to go over both exactly just what the wants are and just what instructions this combined team could just take. Any person in the Wes. Community who feels that s/he is predominantly or solely homosexual are invited towards the meeting that is next. The time and date, Call Bill 346 2448, after 8 p.m. Keep Trying for more info. Your privacy shall be fully guaranteed. It commits you to nothing.

The impetus when it comes to development of this Wesleyan Gay Group advertised here originated in a write-up posted when you look at the Argus in of 1974 february. The content had been a reprint of a essay compiled by Stuart Byron ’63, explaining exactly exactly what it had been want to be homosexual at Wesleyan through the pre Stonewall age. This is the very first discussion that is significant of become posted within the Argus. Ahead of this short article, reference to the subject had mostly been fleeting plus in combination with reviews of films like Midnight Cowboy. Like on any university campus, homosexuality ended up being considered a perversion, but a typical one. In 1959 Daniel Webster Cory, a noted “expert regarding the homosexual,” offered a talk included in a few lectures about “American Outcasts.” This prompted some campus conversation, and something irate letter to the editor, but no severe repercussions arose as a result. Continue reading

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