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Chris Gurski Stigma Assignment Over the summer I work at a Boy Scout camp in Rockaway New Jersey Ive been working there for about 5 years now and last year we had this one kid on staff named Greg Greg seemed like you average 15 year old Though he was a little on the short side when you talked to him you never got the idea that there was anything different about him Then one day we were sitting around and he was telling us about how he never felt there was a girl out there that was good enough for him because he felt that woman in general were beneth him At first we joked around with him saying how no girl was good enough for us either but then he said how he really beleived that and didnt want to be with any girl because of his belief That started to make us wonder a little bit about what he meant by that So later that night my friend Eric and I went down to his tent and were talking to him about it Eventually he admitted to us that he was gay Since neither Eric or myself had really ever been friends with a gay person before we were taken back by this We didnt really know how to act around him Although we could see that this wasnt an easy thing for him to deal with we couldnt stop feeling weird while being around him Greg is what Erving Goffman would of considered discreditable Although he had a stigma it was not visible such as being blind or missing a limb Greg was not one of those homosexuals that are notciable gay In fact he fooled 40 guys into thinking he was one of us To do that I think he must of felt like an outsider He probably internalized many of his actions and felt that way he
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