University of Tennessee Sex Week organizers announced they had reached their fundraising goal to replenish the funds taken away from the event just over a day ago with the support of private donors and help from the university's Central Programming Council.
On Wednesday evening, the University of Tennessee Chancellor Jimmy Cheek and President Joe DiPietro announced that $11,145 of state funds would be cut from UT's upcoming Sex Week budget. Funds were cut after complaints from Knoxville Republicans state Sen. Stacey Campfield and state Rep. Bill Dunn.
Sexual Empowerment and Awareness at Tennessee, the group responsible for organizing Sex Week, was left with $6,700 in student programming dollars to fund the speakers and panelists who had already signed contracts with UT to appear during Sex Week.
Students took to social media sites to spread the word. Sex Week advocators got the hashtag #Iwantsexweek trending on Twitter and received national and international attention with an appearance on Fox News' "The O'Reilly Factor" and an article in The Guardian.
Sex Week organizers announced their success on the program's website, saying "Thanks to anyone who donated through our PayPal or Indiegogo and to our Central Programming Council. Your support has been incredible."
Although they have reached their fundraising goal for this year, they encourage people to continue donating to fund next year's Sex Week.
Donations can be made here.
More details at tnjn.com as they develop.