Texas isn’t a state that comes to mind first when you think of places making progress for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) people. The Lone Star State is often greeted with an eyebrow raise or stunned ‘Texas!?!’ when mentioned in LGBT circles outside it’s borders. Every now and again though, some news comes to challenge that perception.
The University of North Texas, the fourth largest public university in Texas, opened up a resource center for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Students. From dallasvoice.com:
DENTON — LGBT students at the University of North Texas will now have a designated place on campus to find support and resources.
Gilda Garcia, vice president for institutional equity and diversity, said the idea for the center has been in the works for years as the campus’ LGBT population continued to grow, but the plan came up officially last month.
The response from the administration helped push the center’s creation along quickly, she said.
“There’s been tremendous growth in the LGBT student community,” Garcia said, adding that the student LGBT group, GLAD, is one of the largest student groups on campus. “In addition, there’s been work over a very long time by many people who had a vision for an LGBT center.”