Did you know? There are gay people at the University of Louisville! OH THE HORROR!
David Edmunds of the right-wing Family Foundation wrote an op-ed published in the Courier-Journal today screaming about how terrible it is that UofL opened an Office for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Services with a director who makes $67,207 per year. How scary is that?
GAYS ARE RECRUITING OUR COLLEGE KIDS AND WASTING OUR TAX DOLLARS!
At the same time U of L was raising tuition and pressuring lawmakers for more Kentucky tax dollars, it announced the brand new Office for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Services, complete with full-time director, Brian Buford, whose services command a cool $67,207 annually.
On May 12, U of L announced, “Buford also plans to review employee policies and benefits to make sure they’re consistent with the university’s diversity mission…Provide coordination and support for existing LGBT groups, such as commonGround.”
Does “coordinating and supporting” the political agenda of special interest groups like commonGround really warrant $67,207 of student and taxpayer money?
Edmunds ignorantly tries to paint the picture that rising tuition costs are the result of domestic partner benefits. Riiiight.
And he then goes on to freak out about an assistant professor’s interests in studying black drag queens:
According to U of L’s Web site, Kaila Story occupies the Audre Lorde Chair and details her areas of research: “Recently, I have been specifically investigating how the black male-bodied Drag Queen’s presence within queer ‘subcultures’ disrupts mainstream notions of what is considered natural and fixed signifiers of black femininity and/or womanhood.” (http://louisville.edu/a-s/ws/kaila.htm)
Maybe President Ramsey can explain exactly how studying “black male bodied drag queens” moves Kentucky forward.
How hilarious is all that? We couldn’t make it up if we tried.
Call me crazy, but… wouldn’t Edmunds’ argument be taken more seriously if he didn’t set off the old gaydar? Old boy is complaining more than Frank Simon and Stan Lee these days. Something is up with that. You don’t even hear Kentucky Republicans complaining about the gays anymore but a few folks like David Edmunds can’t let go.