Mike Adams

Many gay activists compare their current ?civil rights? struggles with those faced by blacks in the segregated South in the 1950s. The comparison is deemed offensive by many blacks, given that the average black income is still much lower than the average white income in America. Blacks? educational attainment still falls well below that of white Americans, even fifty years after the landmark Brown decision.

By contrast, gay Americans are wealthier and more educated than their straight counterparts. Nonetheless, lesbian millionaire (and North Carolina Senator) Julia Boseman thinks they need a helping hand. That?s why her family started a special scholarship at UNC-Wilmington to help gays with their ongoing struggle for ?civil rights.? Some day, they hope that gay Americans will even have the right to vote.

UNCW?s Boseman-Tenhuisen scholarship was designed to help end discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation by giving people money for their education if they are a member of an oppressed sexual minority group with more education and greater wealth than the general population. For those who are wondering, ?Tenhuisen? is a Dutch word meaning ?it?s okay for us to talk about our sexuality, but if you do we?ll sue you for compensatory and punitive damages, together with injunctive relief.?

After the Boseman-Tenhuisen scholarship was established, a university press release and a story in the local Wilmington McTimes applauded the new ?civil rights? initiative. Both were written without the help of conservatives in order to avoid any unpleasant developments (read: lawsuits).

Of course, not all of the money that the wealthy and powerful Boseman family gives to the university is related to the gay ?civil rights struggle.? The Bosemans also gave a lot of money to the university to build a new softball field. With unprecedented creativity and discretion, the new complex was named ?Boseman Field.? 

Of course, once the university had a new softball field, officials decided to conduct a national search to find a new coach who would turn UNC-Wilmington into a national powerhouse in women?s softball. The lengthy process of conducting a national search was expedited by asking all applicants two questions: 1) Are you involved in a lesbian relationship with Julia Boseman? And, 2) Have you ever watched a women?s softball game?


Mike Adams

Mike Adams is a criminology professor at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and author of Letters to a Young Progressive: How To Avoid Wasting Your Life Protesting Things You Don't Understand.