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S.C. Senate Is Urged to Reject Penalties for Colleges Over Gay-Themed Books

“Top officials of the American Association of University Professors, the Association of College and Research Libraries, the Modern Language Association, and other groups are urging South Carolina’s State Senate to reject attempts by the House of Representatives to penalize two colleges that assigned books with gay themes to incoming freshmen. This month the House moved to strip the College of Charleston of $52,000 in the state budget and the University of South Carolina-Upstate of about $17,000, citing concerns that the reading assignments were out of line with taxpayers’ values. The College of Charleston had assigned Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic, by Alison Bechdel, and the Upstate campus had chosen Out Loud: The Best of Rainbow Radio, edited by Candace Chellew-Hodge and Ed Madden.” (via Chronicle of Higher Education)

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