Like many colleges these days, both the College of Charleston and the University of South Carolina Upstate have first-year reading programs that have freshmen read the same book and discuss it on campus.
For 2013, the College of Charleston assigned "Fun Home," Alison Bechdel's brilliant graphic memoir (seriously, go read this right now) that discusses her coming out and her father's life in the closet, among other things. The school purchased and distributed copies of the novel, but says it wasn't required reading. At USC Upstate, students enrolling in English 101 were asked to read about an LGBT radio station in "Out Loud: The Best of Rainbow Radio."
In retaliation, state representative Garry Smith proposed slashing the schools' budgets, taking away $52,000 from the College of Charleston and $17,162 from USC Upstate. The cuts were approved by a subcomittee, and attempts to reverse them in advance of Wednesday's vote were unsuccessful.
You know what, university educators? You probably shouldn't assign Disney's "Frozen" either, since it apparently encourages homosexuality and bestiality. (What a shame I made a "Let It Go" joke last week, because there's no way I can get a second one past my editor.)
And yes, this is a blog item about a blog post about several blog posts about a hiring announcement. Welcome to the navel-gazing black hole. (Also, worth mentioning, Ambrosino wrote an op-ed for The Baltimore Sun's opinion pages in June.)
That's what caught my eye this week. Any big LGBT news that has you talking?