South Carolina state Sen. Mike Fair (R), who believes homosexuality is “not normal,” has convinced the University of South Carolina Upstate to cancel a satirical one-woman show called, “How to Be a Lesbian in 10 Days or Less”:
FAIR: It’s just not normal and then you glorify, or it seems to me, that the promotion at USC is a glorification of same sex orientation… That’s not an explanation of ‘I was born this way.’ It’s recruiting.
To punish the university, Fair, along with state Sen. Lee Bright (R), voted against all of the incumbent USC trustees during board elections last week.
USC Upstate explained that the cancellation of the show was related to Fair’s misunderstanding of it as a work of performance art:
The title of “How to Become a Lesbian in 10 Days or Less,” [sic] while deliberately provocative, is satirical in nature but has not been received as such. The controversy surrounding this performance has become a distraction to the educational mission of USC Upstate and the overall purpose of the Bodies of Knowledge symposium. As a result, we have canceled this segment of the symposium.
“How to Be a Lesbian in 10 Days or Less” is a one-woman show developed by performer Leigh Hendrix that bills itself as an “exploration of self-discovery and first love, coming out, lesbian sex, queer politics, and a really important Reba McEntire song.” Hendrix’s character, Butchy McDyke, responded to the cancellation of the show by explaining that her performance is not about “recruiting,” but about helping all people “figure out how to craft an honest and engaging narrative about who they are in the world”:
The cancellation of Hendrix’s show is only the latest attempt by state lawmakers to censor LGBT content at state universities. Last month, the South Carolina House passed a budget that cut funding at USC Upstate, as well as the College of Charleston, because the universities asked students to read books that included stories about LGBT people.