Gay rights group holds ‘Porn and Pizza’ event at public university

Timothy Dionisopoulos
Former Reporter

  • Gay, straight porn was played for purpose of 'analysis'
  • Purpose of event was to promote sexual health, not promote porn, say organizers
  • "If anyone is frightened by that title, the back door is still open,” said the event leader
  • The Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian, Straight Alliance (BGLSA) held a “Porn and Pizza” event Tuesday evening at the University of South Carolina (USC).

    According to a campus publication the Daily Gamecock, the event included a pizza dinner followed by viewing and analysis of both gay and straight pornography.

    “If anyone is frightened by that title, the back door is still open,” BGLSA President Mason Branham told event attendees. “Let the puns begin,” she added.   

    “If anyone is frightened by that title, the back door is still open,” BGLSA President Mason Branham told event attendees.  

    “Let the puns begin,” she added.

    The pornographic clips were apparently shown using a hot spot instead of school internet.

    “It’s a college campus, so there’s probably somebody in their dorm watching this on school Wi-Fi, so it’s not totally shut down,” Branham said. “But we wanted an extra safety measure for BGLSA.”

    The goal of the event was to inform the audience about sexual health for both heterosexual and homosexuals.

    The event also included a “Fact or Crap” discussion regarding sexual health, and showed a brief clip from the movie Mean Girls which claimed “If you have sex, you will get pregnant, and you will die.”

    According to a Facebook post advertising the event on September 30, the the event was also centered on sexual health.

    “Just to remind you, this week's meeting, Porn & Pizza, will be centered upon Sexual Health, NOT the promotion of adult entertainment (I know, I know, SO disappointing),” reads the post.

    The post also said IDs would be checked at the door to ensure anyone under 18 was not in attendance.

    After the event, the group posted another status on Facebook which called the event an “utter success” and thanked everyone “for being extremely mature.”

    The BGLSA did not respond to an email request from Campus Reform requesting further comment regarding the event.

    Calls by Campus Reform to USC’s media relations office for comment on the event were not returned in time for publication.

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    Timothy Dionisopoulos

    Timothy Dionisopoulos

    Former Reporter
    Tim Dionisopoulos is a former reporter for Campus Reform and communications editor in the Leadership Institute's Campus Leadership Program. Tim joined Campus Reform in the summer of 2011, and his stories were cited or re-posted on the Daily Mail, the Drudge Report, Fox News, and other national media outlets. Tim graduated in 2011 from Providence College in Rhode Island where he was politically active on campus and in the community.
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