How would this work in your school? Do you know if your students can use the set of facts about gay history presented in the class to create a chapter for their own class? Or, would your senior thesis committee give that same permission to your junior high school students?
As far as the subjects that your students would take to create their own classes on these topics, would they be able to use the set of facts? What about the professors who are perhaps the experts on the subject, would they be willing to sit down with them and discuss their ideas? Would they be able to create a lecture course on the topic? How about the entire faculty?
Could they be allowed to do all this? It is not even clear if the current teachers in the school will be willing to listen to this.
For example, in the U.S., there are no Federal funding that supports gay studies. However, the U.S. does have special Gay and Lesbian Student Programs. Unfortunately, if you’re a gay student in the US and you want to take the national Gay and Lesbian Student Program as an example, you have to pay for it.
In some countries, the topic of gay studies is certainly on the table as a subject for the same type of university examination. Such courses are available in Canada, UK, Australia, New Zealand, and Latin America.
If you’re studying abroad, you may have to take the university examination to demonstrate knowledge about the topic. In the last thirty years, a massive number of universities have been set up in Eastern Europe, the former USSR, China, Japan, North Korea, and many other countries.
Will all of the new students who study abroad ever come back to the United States and study in a traditional university? I doubt it.
The reason for this is because the current students, most of whom are first-time students, simply don’t have enough financial resources to send these new students to school. Nor do they have the available capacity of people to support these new students in the future.
For the same reason, our educational institutions cannot afford to set up a gay studies department for their schools. For example, some private colleges do provide some type of programs, but most of them are very expensive and also require high fees, in most cases.
However, in areas where there are no gay studies departments, the issue is much more likely to be resolved by the students themselves, either through activism or through public relations. Many schools have students who are extremely proud of being gay, but don’t want to get out of the closet and not accept the fact that they are gay.
Therefore, if there is no dedicated department in their school, gay students are forced to find other ways to keep their education out of the closet. This is the greatest issue for a school to be dealing with.