Arts & Culture
Master of Arts (MA)
Social acceptance towards the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender and Queer community (LGBTQ) has seen incredible progress in the last few decades. Less than 50 years ago, an act of rebellion against a homophobic police raid at Stonewall, a gay bar in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village, kicked off the gay liberation movement and the fight for LGBTQ rights. Today, the queer revolution has proved effective: same-sex unions in the U.S. are legally allowed, and gay parenting is socially accepted. But, at what cost? Are queer people conforming to a heteronormative way of life? Can such social advances be also responsible for the demise of gay culture? Men will always have sex men—that will never change. But can the “cultural gay man” be in the brink of extinction? In a journey of self-discovery through gay parents and their gaybies, and looking back at the glamourized debauchery of gay excess in the post-Stonewall years in New York City, I examine the recent cultural trend and ask myself: am I the last gay man on earth?
Link to capstone project: http://thelastgay.com
Assunção, Muri, "The Last Gay Man on Earth -- Can the mainstreaming of a culture be responsible for its demise?" (2016). CUNY Academic Works.
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