"Gay Man"
By: Lowell Ponte
Thursday, May 23, 2002

REMEMBER THE 1986 MOVIE "SOUL MAN," in which a young white man gets into Harvard Law School via a racial preference minority scholarship by pretending to be black?

It sprang to mind when I read a May 21 Boston Globe article about the latest fashionable Politically Correct minority lusted after by diversity-and-money-hungry college admissions recruiters – gay teen-agers.

The first national gay and lesbian "college fair," held in Boston over the May 18 weekend, attracted representatives from "the cutthroat world of admissions recruitment" from Harvard, Yale, Brown and 40-odd other New England colleges as well as from far-off Grinnell and Stanford University.

The now-to-be-annual event, sponsored by the Massachusetts Governor’s Commission on Gay and Lesbian Youth, reportedly featured celebrities to seduce attendees, including "gay cast members of MTV’s ‘Real World’" and former televangelist Tammy Faye Bakker, who nowadays is "a gay youth advice columnist" and makeup maven.

According to Boston Globe reporter Patrick Healy, "admissions officers say anecdotally that, for the growing number of high school students who identify themselves as gay, the ‘coming out’ experience in high school can breed self-confidence, leadership abilities, cultural awareness, and other characteristics that colleges want."

He quotes Judith Brown, director of the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Center at Tufts as saying: "Schools are inviting these students because they question the norms. They make people question their own assumptions, and that’s a key to learning and growing as people."

To date, the main approach by recruiters has been outreach and an effort to present their campuses as "gay-friendly" places.

But unless the U.S. Supreme Court strikes down college admissions bias in the name of creating "diversity," what is about to become commonplace is now clear. The same quotas, preferences and set-asides in admissions and scholarships now provided for Politically Correct racial minorities [i.e., not for whites, Asian-Americans nor, with the exception of Vanderbilt University, Jews] will be extended to homosexuals, bisexuals and "the transgender community" (cross-dressers, transvestites and transsexuals).

"Diversity is incredibly important, but gay students aren’t seen the same way as we see ethnic minorities," said fair participant Laura Shadle, a Bates College admissions counselor, to the Boston Globe. "One reason is that sexual orientation doesn’t fit into the diversity equation as easily as the other groups because it’s not as easily identifiable."

Not, indeed. And this is where Hollywood can now begin scripting a new consciousness-raising movie called "Gay Man."

Imagine a young heterosexual white man named Lance with mediocre grades and lousy SAT scores. His prospects for getting into Harvard are dim until he looks at its student application form. There he finds the kind of thing widely discussed at the gay and lesbian fair – a "sexual orientation" set of boxes where he can declare himself to be gay, bisexual or transgender.

In "Soul Man," the hero had to wear an Afro wig and use pills and lotions to darken his skin. In "Gay Man," all Lance needs to do is check the box declaring himself gay to push himself ahead of Asian-Americans with straight A grade averages and Jews with perfect 1600 scores on their SATs in the eyes of Harvard admissions officers.

(At the University of Michigan Law School, writes Terry Eastland, applicants "of the ‘right’ race or ethnic background…were five times [my emphasis] as likely to be admitted as those with similar qualifications but of the wrong race.")

As a Harvard student, "Gay Man" Lance finds that certain professors are eager to favor him with high grades, but several seem to expect callipygian Lance to trade an A for an A. Others expect him to be available for dating and to embody gay aesthetics and subculture. And he is pressured to participate in gay parties, orgies, Gay Studies classes, politics and campus protests.

Some co-eds shun him, while others exhibit vile gender stereotyping by asking Lance for hairstyling, clothing and interior decorating advice. He is swept up in a modern evocation of "Tootsie" and of "Some Like It Hot," with Marilyn Monroe baring her mind and body to cross-dressing "gal pals" Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis.

Lance, with heterosexual juices flowing, seeks out what the May 11 New York Times described as increasingly common at Antioch, Swarthmore, Wesleyan and other colleges – dorms in which gay males share dorm rooms with women instead of with rowdy straight men. At least one of these gays described himself to the Times as "homoflexible."

Lance then subtly tries to persuade his female roommate, in the common joke echoed by Rush Limbaugh, that he is really a lesbian trapped in a man’s body – yearning to make love to a woman, but as a woman. Can she help this sensitive guy to find his inner – whatever it is? Can Lance overcome the schizophrenia of being officially gay but biologically more or less straight?

The campus gay community, needless to say, begins to suspect that "Gay Man" Lance is faking it. He is threatened with loss of his scholarship and being expelled from college unless he "proves" his homosexuality. But how will he do this?

In a prison environment (e.g., the Orwellian thought control conformity of many American university campuses) some heterosexuals willingly or unwillingly engage in homosexual experimentation. Does this make them homosexuals?

Will Lance, like Kevin Kline in the 1997 movie "In And Out," discover that his life as a heterosexual is unfulfilling because his genuine nature is homosexual? What does being gay or straight really mean, and should it be the basis for quotas and gender preferences? How will this movie end? Stay tuned in and turned on.

What would happen if a student admitted to college under a gay quota changes his mind and orientation? Only singer Michael Jackson can afford to change his skin color and become transracial, but many have decided to reorient their sexual preference from AC to DC or vice versa, or to become bisexual.

Such a change apparently happened to actress and author of the memoir Call Me Crazy Anne Heche, for three years the lover of comedienne Ellen DeGeneres. Two years after their breakup and Heche’s mental breakdown, she married a man and last March gave birth to a baby boy.

Gay activists typically cite 10 percent – one of every 10 of us – as the proportion of Americans who are to some degree homosexual. Researchers have put that number as low as one or two percent of the population.

Politically Correct colleges and universities will almost certainly invoke the 10 percent guesstimate in creating quotas, set-asides, preferences and recruitment favoritism for gay and lesbian applicants. This could open many more campus slots than there are actual homosexual applicants, and these openings would be available to any who claim to belong to sexual minorities.

Many heterosexual or not-yet-sexual students therefore will be strongly tempted to boost their chances for college admission by declaring themselves homosexuals. This enticement has already begun.

Mr. Ponte co-hosts a national radio talk show Monday through Friday 6-8 PM Eastern Time (3-5 PM Pacific Time) on the Genesis Communications Network. Internet Audio worldwide is at GCNlive .com. The show's live call-in number is 1-800-259-9231. A professional speaker, he is a former Roving Editor for Reader's Digest.