Fighting Back: LGBT Rallies and Academic Freedom
In late February, South Carolina Representative Garry Smith punished the College of Charleston for its choice of College Reads! book, which was Alison Bechdel’s tragi-comic Fun Home. Although the state’s funds did not actually fund the College Reads! Program, the state legislature chose to cut $52,000 in funding to the College. This caused quite the kerfluffle among CofC students, including myself, who began a series of protests against the legislature’s decisions. This coincided also with the appointment of Glenn McConnell as College president after a politically dubious search process. On Monday, we held another protest, as Fun Home the Musical came to Charleston. Having watched the show myself, I hope it great success and also hope that the play helps spread the message of how homophobia can destroy people’s lives.
I read the following poems at last Friday’s protests:
Several writers across the country have also spoken up about academic freedom, information for which you can find here: https://www.facebook.com/outloudsc
Find media on the protests and controversy here:
Posted on April 23, 2014, in Charleston, College, College of Charleston, Education, Manifesto, Old People, personal, Poems, Poetry, Religion, South Carolina, Theatre, writer, Writing and tagged Alison Bechdel, Charleston, College of Charleston, controversy, Derek Berry, Fun Home, Glen McConnell, LGBT, musical, open letter to parents explaining queer to their children for the first time, poem, poetry, protest, slam, spoken word, Voice. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.