Bil Browning

3 Printers Refuse to Publish LGBT College Group's Magazine

Filed By Bil Browning | April 28, 2011 4:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Living
Tags: Campus Progress, Fusion magazine, Kent State University, printing companies

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 fusion_magazine_2(1).jpgcosts 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.


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"It's not that we are trying to perform any censorship here."

uhhhh... you ask for materials to be removed and then refuse to print the magazine because those things you found offensive were not removed.

Someone needs a dick-shin-ary.

What was that kind of content doing in a college publication anyway? That that material (material many consider smut) out of the public education system and do it on your own dime -- which is perfectly fine.

I don't blame the publishers for having a standard for which they wish to upload. Being gay doesn't mean you have to run around with weenies in magazines.

Wait, the problem wasn't genitals, but a bulge? Have these people ever seen Renaissance clothing, where it was perfectly acceptable for men to show their bulge at all times, formal or informal? Or even look at the beach or watch a football game or attend a wrestling match?

I don't get why they'd be OK with the two boys kissing with bulges though, unless the problem is the gender bending.