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The gay and lesbian community didn’t want its leaders to be indulging in any exploration of heterosexuality.
Henry Award), it portrays his long-lasting heterosexual love affair, which began in the heat of sexual passion and thrives years later as a lifelong friendship.
But I actually am a lesbian.” Then, O’Conner counter-shocked the pro-sodomy world that had applauded her “coming out” when she withdrew from participating in a “lesbian” music festival because of her marriage to British Press Association reporter, Nick Sommerlad…a man!
Sinead O’Connor seems to have genuinely changed her so-called “sexual-orientation” twice, in less than two years.
” The writer refers to Heche’s feelings as, “fluid sexuality…changing sexuality…the sexuality that causes all sorts of problems in a gay movement in which some spokespeople for years have been insisting that, ‘We’re born this way, we can’t change.'” These women are not the only ones to change the supposedly “unchangeable.” Bruce Bawer, most famous for his book A Place at the Table admitted to changing his “sexual-orientation” when he told a New York Native reporter that he was “left cold by Bob and Rod, but hot for Catherine Deneuve.” In his book Breaking the Surface, former Olympic diving champion Greg Louganis, states: “what made things more confusing was that I found girls attractive, I thought that if you were gay girls were supposed to repulse you, but that wasn’t the case, I was sexually involved with one girl from a very early age.” But falling for a member of the opposite sex can be seen as treason within the pro-sodomy movement, as it was for pro-sodomy author Jan Clausen. “After 12 years in a lesbian marriage, Jan Clausen fell in love with a man.
Since her identities as writer and lesbian were intertwined, all hell broke loose.
Similarly, an article appearing in The Advocate, about the now separated couple Ellen Degeneres and Anne Heche states, “Although the couple has never publicly discussed the reason for their break up, it has been heavily rumored that Heche decided to go back to heterosexuality.” The rumors turned out to be true. The Advocate tells of Heche shocking Oprah Winfrey by proclaiming, “I was not gay before I met her…” (Ellen).
This phenomenon causes the writer of the article to ask, “With straights falling for gays, lesbians dating men, and gay men falling in love with women, isn’t anybody anything anymore?
As the news of her sexual affair spread (and a former lesbian lover called to confirm the rumor), she “felt suddenly watched, judged.
While queers worried about hiding their sexualities in this homophobic little town, my concerns went the other way.
Analyzing excerpts from Bernard and Bia’s essays will shed further light.
Bia begins, “How can I explain to my mother…How can I tell her, without her thrilling to false hopes, that, having loved a man, having mated with a man, I know I could still?
They don’t want word to get out that the “born gay” identity is really a fluid social construct.