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article imageOp-Ed: Appearance by a lesbian humourist cancelled

By Eliana Robinson     Apr 10, 2014 in Politics
Spartanburg - On Monday, the University of South Carolina Upstate announced that they were cancelling an appearance by lesbian humorist, Leigh Hendrix.
The University was set to hold a seminar on topics dealing with homosexuality and the comedian was supposed to be the lighter side of the program. Unfortunately her planned skit, "How to Be a Lesbian in 10 Days or Less”, was taken seriously by state legislators.
The State announced that it might cut funding for USC Upstate due to their “gay-themed” programs. This is only one month after $17,142 was cut from USC Upstate’s budget for assigning its freshmen a book about coming out gay in the South.
The University put out a statement saying, "One aspect of the Bodies of Knowledge Symposium [the larger event] that is garnering negative media attention is, 'How To Be A Lesbian In 10 Days Or Less.' The title of the show, while deliberately provocative, is also part of the comedy. The performance is satirical in nature but has not been received as such. The controversy surrounding this performance has become a distraction to the educational mission of USC Upstate and the overall purpose of the Bodies of Knowledge Symposium. As a result, we have canceled this segment of the symposium."
S.C. Sen. Kevin Bryant, an Anderson Republican, says “If they’ve got extra money sitting around to promote perversion, obviously they’ve got more money than they really need,”
What about educating people about homosexuality promotes perversion? Why is homosexuality seen as perversion?
The pressure from lawmakers is just another display of the homophobia that has become all too common in the deep South. The purpose of these programs is to eradicate homophobia - not to 'recruit members.'
These legislators believe that books, seminars, and any form communication that covers or even mentions homosexuality basically promotes homosexuality. However, studies have shown that this is not true. Educating someone about something does not persuade them to participate in that behavior. Implying that learning about homosexuality promotes homosexuality is ludicrous.
This group of Republican state legislators were educated on a variety of topics such as the Salem Witch Trials, WWII, polyatomic ions, analytic trigonometry, and anything else deemed fit. Surprisingly enough, I do not believe any of them is planning to storm Myrtle Beach.
Education more than anything is about awareness and that seems to have been forgotten.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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