4,100 students, faculty, and staff at the University of Texas in Austin have vowed to bring giant rubber dildos to class in protest of new gun legislation signed by antigay Gov. Greg Abbott.
The event is being held in response to a law signed by Abbott, who opposes both gay marriage and gay divorce, back in June. The law permits licensed gun holders to carry concealed weapons on university campuses beginning in August 2016. The law has been nicknamed the “campus carry” law.
The official Facebook event page reads:
The State of Texas has decided that it is not at all obnoxious to allow deadly concealed weapons in classrooms, however it DOES have strict rules about free sexual expression, to protect your innocence. You would receive a citation for taking a DILDO to class before you would get in trouble for taking a gun to class. Heaven forbid the penis.
According to the official University of Texas rule book: “No person or organization will distribute or display on the campus any writing or visual image, or engage in any public performance, that is obscene.” Doing so, the rule book states, is a Class C misdemeanor, which can carry up to a $500 fine.
But organizers are undeterred. They are encouraging everyone to “strap gigantic swinging dildos to our backpacks in protest of campus carry.” The protest is scheduled for August 24, 2016, right around the time the “campus carry” law goes into effect.
“Just about as effective at protecting us from sociopathic shooters, but much safer for recreational play,” the protest’s tagline reads.