The University of Tennessee has canceled state funding for a six-day educational "Sex Week” on campus after Fox News radio host Todd Starnes wrote that the school was giving the money to a “lesbian bondage” expert (video below).
Starnes reported on Radio.FoxNews.com that the University of Tennessee was going to spend up to $20,000 on a six-day “Sex Week” that included events like “Loud and Queer” and “How Many Licks Does It Take.”
Starnes wrote that “lesbian bondage” expert Sinclair Sexsmith would be conducting a workshop. However, Sexsmith said that she would “not be engaging in lesbian bondage demonstrations.”
Starnes' report got the attention of Tennessee State Sen. Stacey Campfield (R), who threatened to reconsider the university’s budget over Sex Week.
“We are not talking about health and safety to do a drag show,” Campfield told WATE-TV. “What are these issues so important for? This is not something that the parents sent their kids to school to learn; this is not even close. We have some serious issues going on at the University of Tennessee.”
On Wednesday, the University of Tennessee promised not to use state funds for the event.
“We support the process and the students involved, but we should not use state funds in this manner,” University of Tennessee Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek said in a statement.
Sex Week organizer Haslam Scholar Brianna Rader said the event would go on as planned.
“We felt pretty blindsided,” Rader told MetroPulse.com. “Despite the controversy, the administration was still pretty positive about it earlier this week.”
“This whole thing makes it more important to do this,” she added. “People are getting upset about college kids talking about sex education? This sounds made up. This sounds like we’re in a movie. It was a cowardly move, and I’m disappointed in them.”