Three printers have refused to publish Fusion, Kent State University's LGBT magazine. The award winning publication is sponsored by Campus Progress. A fourth printing company has agreed to do the production run, but because of time constraints the magazine's costs will increase $2000.
All three printing companies refused to publish the magazine because it included the words "gender fuck" and included an eight-page spread featuring cross-dressing models.
"We actually asked them to adjust the content of Fusion based on the f-word and on what we're calling some graphic material, which involved some pictures of genitalia, and we're just not comfortable producing that type of content," says David Pilcher, vice president of sales and marketing at Freeport Press, the first company that refused to print the issue without editorial changes. "It's not that we are trying to perform any censorship here."
The photo in question depicts a man wearing a leotard. A bulge is noticeable around his genitals.
Freeport Press has published several earlier editions including the Spring 2010 magazine which includes thee "fucks" and photos of men kissing intimately in their underwear (including the photo above). No objections were raised with that issue until after the run was finished. A student sent to deal with the publisher says the printer made homophobic remarks during the meeting and the group was denied the company's services for this issue.