Community College Cancels Lecture By Gay Porn Star Conner Habib

Mar 27, 2013
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A community college in New York rescinded an invitation extended to adult-film actor Conner Habib, because the school didn’t want to confuse gay rights and gay porn.

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Honey, access to porn is one of our most basic gay rights.

Earlier this month, Corning Community College president Katherine Douglas told members of the campus LGBT group, Equal, that she was canceling Habib’s talk because “she said she in no way was about to let porn rights and LGBT rights become intertwined on her campus,’ said Equal president Brandon Griewank.

Griewank told BuzzFeed that he forced into an “intimidating conversation” with Dean of Student Development Donald Heins, who essentially tried to bury the whole incident. ’He told me I wasn’t allowed to speak to the press, told me I wasn’t allowed to help Conner,” recalls the student.

In a followup column Habib maintains the school didn’t stop there:

I was informed that administrators contacted a local hotel and local businesses to make sure I wouldn’t be coming to town… that the president wanted to schedule her own talk to tell students about why she canceled my appearance, and that if I were to appear in the town of Corning, students were not to attend my lecture.

Apparently the school’s higher-ups thought that because Habib, who’s really rather erudite, is an entertainer, he couldn’t possibly also be an educator: “Mr. Habib’s celebrity status as an adult film star is inconsistent with the educational theme of this program,” said administrator William Little. “Mr. Habib’s contract was paid-in-full, yet we respectfully declined his participation. Our students are free to express themselves and attend any events they choose.”

The talk did happen after all, but off campus at a nearby library. Ironically, Habib says the topic was how “we’re, as a society, kind of screwy when it comes to sex—a little messed up about it”

You don’t say.

Queerty

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