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South Carolina House Approves Cut of Two Universities Funding Over Reading Assignments

Post submitted by Breanna Bishop, HRC Publications and Magazine Intern

The vote to approve a funding cut of nearly $70,000 to two South Carolina colleges — in response to the schools’ addition of LGBT-positive readings to the curriculum — was passed by the South Carolina House on March 10.

“Fun Home” by Alison Bechdel and “Out Loud: The Best of Rainbow Radio” by Ed Madden were selected as freshman reading assignments by the College of Charleston and the University of South Carolina, respectively.

The lawmakers’ actions have forced both schools to change their policies for prior review of future freshman reading material following the decision.

The House’s vote has caused both Democrats and Republicans to speak out against the decision.

“We’re saying, ‘This is what you’re going to do and if you don’t, we’re going to punish you,” said retired Clemson University professor and Republican State Rep. B.R. Skelton.

Supporters of the funding cut, like Republican State Rep. Garry Smith, say the books failed to reflect the standard of the state’s taxpayers.

This recent act of retaliation for promoting equality on college campuses is just one part of the state legislators’ agenda. The House met March 11 to consider Republican State Rep. Mac Toole’s budget amendment that would hold $1 million of all public colleges’ funding until they stop using “pornographic content” in classes.

HRC is dedicated to educating and empowering LGBT youth on their campuses and in their local communities. Resource information for LGBT and allied students are available online.

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