This university in my city has made a decision to close a very important department without informing or consulting faculty in advance. They appear to be giving into the very!!!! conservative politicians in our state who would take us back 100 years with regard to education and the rights of women and equal rights for all of our citizens!!!
As a lesbian student, I find this legislation extremely offensive and homophobic. This book doesn't promote a lifestyle; it gives insight to the struggles that many minorities like us experience in our struggle with accepting ourselves in a society that doesn't readily aid in that acceptance.
This matter has all to do with the personal religion of the ignorant SC Representative who wants to make a name for himself and nothing to do with education. I wish I could make him pay what he took out with his own campaign money!
People should be exposed to a world of different viewpoints in college. This is a time of self discovery. We shouldn't cut that off simply because we want to foist an antiquated world on those around us.
As a bisexual youth, "Out Loud" and its authors directly spoke to me and got me through a difficult time. Summer reading at USC Upstate and CofC has always been about minority issues and tolerance. A liberal arts education involves exposure to other cultures, which DOES include other genders and sexualities. Don't want that? Go to private school. Here, your mind should be opened about other students. Deal with it.