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Gender, sexuality magazine restricted at RIT

Henrietta, N.Y.After months of planning, editors of student magazine, Reporter were disappointed to learn earlier this week that circulation had been restricted by school administrators.

President Bill Destler became aware that the magazines latest issue, focused on gender and sexuality contained images that were graphic in nature.

Some of the images show male and female genitalia.

This was done on the cusp of the schools marquee event, Imagine RIT, a showcase that draws more than 30,000 people. 10,000 of them are minors, according to Destler.

We really wanted to show all of the people coming to Imagine RIT, all the transgender issues that RIT is facing and also worldwide, said Michelle Spoto, the magazines outgoing editor.

The school said the magazine would only be able to be restricted on Saturday, for the eventavailable only at the Reporter booth and only with valid identification.

I think there are certain parts of it where it would probably be better for parents to make a decision on whether or not their young children should be exposed to these kinds of issues and images than to have college students make those decisions for them, Destler said.

Editors say the way Destler was given the material violated paper rules and that the magazine is education, not sexual.

I understand that we are a private institution, said Spoto. The president has every legal right to do this. I just think from a (public relations) standpoint from the administration from a standpoint from the students, people seem to be disagreeing with it.

The magazine will distributed campus-wide on Monday.

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Washington Times