A Taiwanese university’s decision to tear down a poster for a lecture by a gay speaker because it was ‘afraid everyone would turn homosexual after listening’ has sparked online debate in the country.
The openly gay director of the Alliance to End the Death Penalty, Miao Po-ya, last night (17 November) gave a lecture at Fu Jen Catholic University in Taipei entitled My Coming Out Experience.
Organizers, lesbian society Good Club and the Gender Studies Group, put up three posters on Friday (12 December) but one in the university’s main corridor was torn down within six hours.
When Good Club president Chan Ting-qi first asked the Extracurricular Activities Section why the poster had been torn down, she was told there were flaws in her application.
The section’s teaching assistant then admitted that someone had complained about the poster and he had sent someone to take it down.
After further inquiries, he said, ‘The title of this poster is too provocative and made school authorities and conservative people discontent and uncomfortable.’
‘Traditional people are afraid that this lecture will turn everyone gay.’
Finally, he advised them not to hold anymore controversial activities.
‘The school should not acquiesce to the discriminatory supression of student group activities,’ Good Club said in a statement.