Joseph Hellweg is Asst. Prof. of Religion at Florida State Univeristy. He received his Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Virginia and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS at Yale. He has done research with initiated hunters (dozos) and on HIV and AIDS in Côte d’Ivoire from 1993-1997 and in 2002. In 2008-2009, he was a Fulbright Fellow at the University of Kankan, Guinea, where he taught social science research methods. He will complete his fellowship at the University of Bamako. He speaks French and Mandenkan and eats fonio with okra sauce whenever possible.
There is a scene in the comedy, ‘In and Out’, in which Joan Cusack, playing a bride left at the altar by her gay groom, cries at a bar on the shoulder of a man she finds attractive but who, alas, turns out to be gay, too. The camera cuts to the bar entrance where we see her, now doubly jilted, throw the door open, take a deep breath, and yell, “Is EVERYBODY GAY?!”