A gaggle of angry conservatives are up in arms over a book discussion being held at the University of California, Santa Barbara later this month on “the anti-fat stigma that persists in American culture.”
The event is scheduled for January 20 and is being hosted by the UCSB Resource Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity. It will feature Dr. Jason Whitesel, whose book Fat, Gay Men: Mirth, Girth, and the Politics of Stigma explores the impact of fat-shaming the gay community.
When UCSB student and blossoming antigay activist Carlos Flores got wind of the event, he immediately alerted conservative blogs in an email subjected: “Another day, another degenerate email from the UCSB LGBT Center.”
Flores told the website Campus Reform, “As I understand it, they’re using taxpayer money and my tuition dollars to talk about how to sodomize overweight men, which doesn’t seem like the best use of that money.”
“I don’t think the university should be using my funds to hold a morally questionable event,” he added, “I’d rather they spent someone else’s money.”
The Resource Center responded by saying that funding for the event “comes from student lock-in fees that are voted on/reaffirmed by the student body every four years.”
In other words: It’s not taxpayer money. It’s the students’ money. And they have elected to have it spent on this event.