A gay professor claims he was fired for sexual harassment due to a “misunderstanding” that stemmed from telling a student he would “ride them hard.”
Rob Latham is a tenured English professor at the University of California-Riverside. He’s now speaking out against allegations from a former student.
According to Academe, Professor Rob Latham claims “political pressures and rank homophobia deformed the disciplinary process”
The Provost’s Office submitted, as evidence of my alleged verbal harassment of the male complainant, the following communication: ‘You’re an intellectual thoroughbred, kiddo, and I’ve mentored very few of those in my career. I have to resist the impulse to ride you too hard too soon. If you’ll forgive the equine metaphor’.
“Suffice to say it is transparently obvious that, if a heterosexual man had made the exact same statement, no lewd implication would ever have been inferred.
“The rhetoric of UCR’s charging documents and administration counsel’s briefs was rife with homophobic language and assumptions, including the myth that gay men are always ‘on the make’, unable to relate to other males in any way except sexually.”
Latham also denies claims that he “allegedly distributed drugs to graduate students on an evening when I was demonstrably not present”, as well as accusations of an “unwelcome advance towards a third party despite substantial exculpatory evidence, including that student’s own contemporaneous statements.”
“I can’t believe that this case, which began with false charges of sexual harassment brought by a disgruntled graduate student and his girlfriend, has been allowed to reach the Board of Regents. It should have been settled through informal mediation long ago.”
The English Department carefully typed up the following prepared statement:
We, the faculty of the English Department at the University of California, Riverside would like to respond to Dr Latham’s public statement.
“We wish to go on record in support of the decision of the University of California Board of Regents, which Dr Latham references in emails to us.”
“We stand with our graduate students, and those who came forward, filed complaints and supported each other through this difficult process.
“We are committed to moving forward with our students, and to working together to repair any and all harm done to our community and to our campus.”
h/t: Pink News