Why I’m a Gay Male Feminist

I am a gay male feminist. It really irritates me when I’m around other gay men that tell sexist jokes or just make sexist comments. Just because I am sexual attracted towards other men and not a woman myself does not mean that women’s rights do not matter to me.

When I was in college I wanted to do LGBT studies. Yet, the college I went to didn’t have an institutionalized LGBT program at that time. Yet, there was a gender and sexuality program that I took classes in. Most of the people attended these classes were feminist identified women. I became friends with a few of them and began to learn that gay rights and women’s rights were very similar. Women and homosexuals are both very socially heterogeneous.

At college I was the president of the LGBT student organization and it wasn’t surprising to me that our biggest ally supporters came from the feminist student organization. In fact, some of the lesbians were members of both clubs. In fact, the faculty advisor for the LGBT organization was also the advisor for the feminist organization.

I am over ten years from my graduate work and college life, but still to this day I remain a gay male feminist due to my exposure to feminism during college. I believe that being a feminist is supporting the rights of all.

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When I was in college during the mid to late nineties I became interested in feminism. I took many gender courses not because I had an interest in feminism; it was because they were the only courses offered at my university that talked about sexuality. As a gay man I find a lot of parallels between queer rights and woman's rights.

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