HOUGHTON - The name of the game is Guess the Straight Person and the idea is to break down stereotypes.
Partway through the Pride Week event Monday evening in the Memorial Union Building Ballroom at Michigan Technological University, audience members were second-guessing who on the nine-person panel was the straight person.
One student told a friend how remarkably alike the panelists were in their answers and others changed their votes as to who was the straight person among the eight others who are gay, lesbian or bisexual.
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Justine Parsons, Mark Hopkins and Braidon Berry take part in the Guess the Straight Person panel as part of Pride Week at Michigan Technological University Monday evening. Events will be held all week and will close with the 12th annual Drag Show Friday.
"The audience will have the opportunity to break down stereotypes and ask any kinds of questions they want," said Elijah Haines, who was helping host the event.
There were a few "illegal" questions, such as "When did you come out to others?" and "How long have you known you were homosexual?" that were saved for the big reveal at the end of the event.
Questions ranged from "Can you cook?" and "What's your ideal date?" to "How much did you spend on your last haircut?" and "What's your favorite Lady Gaga song?"
"Do I really have to choose?" one panelist asked of the Lady Gaga question, drawing laughs from the crowd.
For the date question, most panelists agreed an ideal night is spent watching movies, backpacking, having dinner or building a bonfire on the beach.
When the panelists were asked how they like to dress, the females said either jeans and athletic shorts while the males said casual wear as well, with T-shirts or sweaters.
All panelists listed sports they enjoy watching or playing and were even asked personal questions about relationships, and what they would do if they won the lottery.
In the end, Charles Temple, who described himself as spending very little on health and beauty supplies every month, and Mark Hopkins, who said his favorite store to shop is a hardware store, garnered the most votes from the audience as the straight person. But it was Morgan Parr, the person situated on the end of the panelists' table, who was the lone straight person.
"We try to make it really engaging and fun and not to be preachy," Haines said. "You find out who they are."