Straight Acting

10 Pages Posted: 5 Aug 2016

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Dale Carpenter

Southern Methodist University - Dedman School of Law

Date Written: 2008


This article explores the meaning of “straight acting,” a term one often hears among gay people. How, why, and by whom is it used? What purposes does it serve and what purposes does the reaction to it serve? How does its use by gays compare to the use of the term “acting white” by blacks? And, since this is a law journal, there's the necessary question: what is law's role in straight acting?

Keywords: straight acting, gay stereotypes, gay civil rights, homosexuals law

Suggested Citation

Carpenter, Dale, Straight Acting (2008). Minnesota Journal of Law, Science & Technology, Vol. 9, 2008, Available at SSRN:

Dale Carpenter (Contact Author)

Southern Methodist University - Dedman School of Law ( email )

P.O. Box 750116
Dallas, TX 75275
United States

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