MU African American Event and LGBTQ Event Sparks Comment

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COLUMBIA - Several MU departments and groups are sponsoring two public events on campus Tuesday evening that focus on African American and LGBTQ issues and history. The show "Pouring Tea: Black Gay Men of the South Tell Their Tales" is followed by a lecture from creator, performer, and scholar E. Patrick Johnson. The Facebook post advertising the events on Mizzou's page sparked great discussion. This after State House Representative Kathie Conway (R-St. Charles) made comment on whether or not the events were educational. She wrote, "Really?? This is educational? Just what is the percentage of the population that this could possibly apply? .0001%?" In response, one person suggested Conway is "closed-minded" and another backed the events saying, "Yes, it is educational. Not everything has to be about what you know about. It's a university. The purpose is to learn about things and people different from you. Why don't you open your mind a little?" 

KOMU spoke with Conway who said MU should only pay for events that pertain to a larger audience, like politics and current events. She said if the events are privately funded, she had no issue with them. 

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