Some people believe that discrimination against one’s sexual orientation is completely different from discrimination against race because people are born into their race, but homosexuals choose to be attracted to people of the same gender. Those who discriminate against homosexuality claim that such relationship choices are not natural; while studies show that about 10% of the population of every sexually reproducing species in nature develops homosexual bonds. Also, many homosexual people have recalled being attracted to the same gender from as far back as they can remember.
What do you think? Is homosexuality a choice? If you do think it is a choice, do you think others should be able to justify discriminating against same gender relationships because it is a choice?
One of the first things that surprised me about Last Summer at Bluefish Cove is the way “marriage’ amongst these lesbian couples is talked about quite casually. My expectation from a 1970’s play was that marriage would not even be mentioned. This was 30 years before the LGBTQ community even considered legal marriage a possibility. Yet the women of this play frequently refer to themselves as married and consider their committed relationships as marriages. I think the world is ready to catch up with the women of Bluefish Cove.
Palomar Coffee Talks invites teachers and students to participate in this integrative learning project. Pablo Picasso famously described art as, “A lie that reveals the truth.” We offer performances and public gatherings that provide an occasion to analyze aspects of our society and the human condition from the multiple perspectives provided by differing academic disciplines. For the Fall of 2015, we are focusing on two questions raised by Bertolt Brecht’s provocative play THE GOOD PERSON OF SETZUAN: What does it mean to be a ‘good’ person? Is it possible to be good and stay good in our society?
Ways of participating include but are not limited to:
• Add your class to the list of participating by clicking here..
• Join us for our Coffee Talk on October 8th following the 4PM performance of The Good Person of Setzuan.
• Offer extra credit for attending the Coffee Talk and or a performance.
• Commit to at least one class discussion on the two questions and how they relate to your discipline.
• Contribute your expressions to a sculptural display at the entrance to the theatre in the Performing Arts Courtyard.
• Some possibilities:
o What is a good person? – in eight words or 144 characters. Make lots of these.
o Characterize the discussion in 8 words or 144 characters. Make several of these.
o Share a simple statement or conclusion that came from the discussion. Whole class or small groups.
o Generate a list of related questions specific to your discipline.
o Describe, express or articulate some of the pressures to act ‘badly’ or questionably that you have experienced. Individual or small groups.
o Help us create a site-specific public art piece in the Performing Arts courtyard – that will evolve throughout the semester.
o Share a response on our Tumblr page. Words & Images accepted.
Connect Your Classes
This is the place to share your experiences and analysis of Palomar’s Pride Fest.
This is the place to share your experiences and analysis of the Keynote Address.
This is the place to share your experiences and analysis of the Day of Silence.
This is the place to share your experiences and analysis of Between The Silence.
This is the place to share your experiences and analysis of Palomar’s Diversity Day.
This is the place to share your experiences and analysis of Last Summer At Bluefish Cove.
During the early days of the AIDS epidemic the slogan Silence=Death became widespread. There was a recognition that the stories and struggles of homosexuals must be spoken about, must be exposed to the sunlight and the air. Silence leads to fear and ignorance and hatred and violence.
While much progress has been made since the days of Stonewall, there is still much work to be done right here in our community. We must speak to the common humanity and dignity of all people. It’s time to speak. It’s time to listen. It’s up to you.