Gay alumni of Oberlin (small college in Ohio) have documentation of their history on the internet. One writer decries always presenting gay men as victims, when in fact he thinks they are quite wonderful and creative and supportive (in his introduction to this history of the organ majors of 50 years ago). Here's how they carved out a special dorm space.
"Nearly all the organ majors were gay men, their presence could not be
denied, by the school or to each other. It wasn't calculated at all, it
simply was. Gay men following their passion for music arrived to
discover that others were more like themselves than they could ever have
dreamed. How wonderful is that? Starting in the early '50s, someone
whose name is lost to history had the brilliant idea for the organ
majors to take over the top floor (consisting of 10 or 12 rooms, some
double, some triple) of a dormitory named Burton Hall. And so they did.
If you have ever lived in a dorm at college you know this took
considerable forethought and planning, applying for particular rooms a
year in advance. Covert and subversive, it was a sacred trust, no one
admitted to what was going on and would deny it if questioned. The
administration was mute. It remains unclear whether the scheme was
unknown or best unacknowledged. The organ majors of Oberlin did hold
some esteem and clout. They were talented and it is said what they
lacked in technical skills was far exceeded by the emotion they could
find in a seemingly neutral piece of music. There is much evidence that
some highly placed, closeted professors knew well what was going on and
did what they could to deflect and gloss over rumblings from the
administration or gossip."
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
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Colin Kaepernick has a white birthmother, white adoptive parents, and with nature and nuture gifting him every advantage in a country where the sky's the limit he is an NFL millionaire several times over. The only guy missing in his internet bio is the sperm donor, so guess who he's identifying with. His career was faltering with injuries and poor stats, so last week he decided he was just too tired to stand for the national anthem with his non-millionaire team mates on the 49-ers, and instead would become rejuvenated and rebranded with the #blacklivesmatter thugs.