If you peruse the Frick Fine Arts Library at the University of Pittsburgh, you may come across a coloring book titled “Butch Lesbians of the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s.” I don’t know about you, but nothing says “fine arts” to me like a gay-themed coloring book. Apparently, the school’s arts department agrees with me.
Adult coloring books have become popular in recent years, especially in “safe spaces” on college campuses, but the University of Pittsburgh may have taken things in a new direction—and to a new level, according to the . (Sounds like a character in a Zane Grey novel). Other titles in the LGBTQ-themed coloring book series include: “Drag Queens of the South,” “The Big Gay Alphabet Coloring Book,” “Butch Lesbians of the 20’s, 30’s, and 40’s,” “Cute Guys,” and “Queer Heroes.” These books had been located along the back wall in the meeting rooms adjacent to the “Resist!” and “Lesbian Witchcraft” magazines, but have since been moved, according to the Maverick. The school even placed colored pencils beside the books so students could get right to it. A representative of the Pitt Maverick said that the school’s library system houses 435 different coloring books and noted that any that aren’t immediately available on campus are kept offsite. He said students can request the books through the school’s library and they will be delivered to the main branch for pickup. In a plain brown wrapper, hopefully.
So, if you don’t see “Massive Members,” “Non-Binary Booty” or “Polyamory Playtime” on the Frickin’ Fine Arts Library shelves the next time you visit, not to worry. Just request a copy and pick it up the next day. However, if you want something less bland, something out of the mainstream, perhaps even a bit outré, shall we say, you might have to be patient. I hear there’s a waiting list for “Public Pooping,” “Naughty Necrophilia,” “Fantastic Fivesomes,” “Bisexual Bestiality,” and “Reefer Queefer.”
Higher education and fine art, indeed.