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University of South Carolina-Upstate Chancellor, Defends School's LGBT Curriculum, Comedy Act

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The chancellor of University of South Carolina-Upstate fired back at the political uproar which erupted over his school's use of gay-themed reading materials and a lesbian comedy act.

"Fundamentally, we are about being a great university," Dr. Tom Moore said in a three-page statement cited by WYFF. "Sometimes, that means we deal with issues that some in our university community and in the broader community wish we would not.

"That fact alone," Moore added, "is proof we are doing our job and living our mission."

Moore was responding in part to South Carolina Sen. Mike Fair (R) and Sen. Kevin Bryant (R), who had previously slammed the university's two-day lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) symposium and scheduling of a satire act titled "How To Become A Lesbian In 10 Days or Less."

“If they’ve got extra money sitting around to promote perversion, obviously they’ve got more money than they really need,” Bryant, a member of the Senate budget-writing committee, told The State last week.

For his part, Fair called "How To Become A Lesbian In 10 Days or Less" (which was eventually canceled) a "glorification of same-sex orientation.”

“That's not an explanation of 'I was born this way,'" he said. "That's recruiting.”

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