Though Tennessee public colleges complain about the lack of state funding, the University of Tennessee at Knoxville apparently has enough that it can fund a Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, and Transgendered Resource Center even though it already had an LGBT Advisory Commission on campus.
Higher education in Tennessee has faced significant cuts in state funding in recent years, which you would think would make Tennessee’s public colleges particularly sensitive to not use their supposedly limited resources in duplicitous ways. But recently political correctness sure won the day at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.
Several years ago the Chancellor at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville created an LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered) Advisory Commission. According to the University’s website, the Commission “plans, evaluates, and carries out university programs, policies and services designed to improve the status of LGBT people on campus. The commission also serves as an advocacy group committed to the protection and advancement of LGBT students, faculty and staff.”
But that was not enough. At the end of last month the University of Tennessee at Knoxville opened an LGBT Resourse Center, providing the Center an office and about $1,000 in funding. It was said that having a physical presence was important because of the “invisibility of LGBT issues.” It’s hard to see that LGBT issues are invisible in this state or anywhere in this country. Every year now there is an Advancing Equality Day on the Hill just to advocate for LGBT issues. And with an advocacy group that formally had the ear of UTK’s Chancellor, it is hard to see how LGBT issues were somehow invisible.
There’s sure no “Conservative Resource Center” to provide encouragement to students who are at the mercy of liberal college faculty. But it’s especially hard to believe that in tough economic times with limited dollars and resources that anything more was needed than the Commission that previously existed.