Introduction to LGBTQ Studies

Moral Hazard and Individual Mandate
October 10, 2019
Benchmark Policy Brief
October 10, 2019

Instructions:
This exam is in take-home form. This means that you can use all relevant notes, texts,
screenings, etc. to address the questions. When you cite other people’s work or ideas, you must
provide attribution to indicate that you are borrowing or drawing upon work that is not your own.
If you have any doubt about how to properly cite sources, see the library’s guide to references
and primary/secondary sources. This exam requires you to do things: listen, watch, reflect,
analyze and write. For each question, respond with an essay of no more than 750 words. When
you are finished with the exam, you should have two essays of no more than 750 words each.
The total length should not exceed 1500 words. Use the word count tool on your computer to
check this. You should email me your exam in a word or google doc by the deadline.
Question 1 is mandatory. However, for your second question, you may select either Question 2
or Question 3. Your choice. Do not address both Question 2 & 3.
Question 1. Mandatory. 50 points.
For this part of the exam, listen to RadioLab, “UnErased,” Episode 3.
https://www.wnycstudios.org/story/unerased-davidson-gay-cure
For those of you who would like to read the episode AFTER you listen to it, RadioLab offers a
transcript on that website.
Before you listen to the episode, please review Chapters 1, 2, and 3 of your textbook. Who were
the key early researchers in sex research? What were their ideas and contributions to the study
of homosexuality? How did these researchers influence gay and lesbian liberation struggles in
the mid-twentieth century? How did their ideas differ from each other? Give three ways that this
episode about Dr. Davison and the “gay cure” address the same issues as these earlier sex
researchers in relation to homosexuality, its “causes” and its meanings for individuals and
society. Be specific in your responses. Use your own words to explain your responses. How do
the researchers and their methods converge with or depart from earlier ideas about
homosexuality? Finally, what are the implications of this episode for us in our current moment?
Question 2. 50 points.
“The Harlem Renaissance offers us a rich glimpse into a talented, creative, and often politically
astute group of writers, musicians, and artists who examined how race works in American
society. Several artists and writers who participated in the Harlem Renaissance were also gay,
lesbian, or bisexual. Research one artist – a writer, singer, or graphic artist – and find out more
about how this person examined both racial and sexual issues in his or her work.” Your essay
should describe who this person was and how they engaged with intersectionality through their
creative work. What was their contribution and how are they meaningful to us today?
Question 3. 50 points.
“Take a look at the AIDS Memorial Quilt website at www.AIDSQuilt.org, and think about how
people who have died of AIDS have been memorialized in this creative and emotionally
evocative way. Thinking about the LGBTQ people and issues we have discussed in the past
four chapters, choose either one person or one event to memorialize in a creative way. What
form will your memorial take? How will you creatively talk about the past in ways that will be
educational, relevant, and meaningful for contemporary audiences?”
For this question, feel free to include drawings, sketches, photographs or other images that can
help you to convey your creative ideas for your chosen person or event and their or its
memorial.

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