Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Harvard to Have a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Studies Endowed Chair

A New York Times article reports that Harvard will endow a chair for visiting scholars who are studying sexuality or sexual minorities. It is currently assumed that visiting professors will be invited to teach on campus for one semester.

The position has been made possible by a donation of a reported $1.5 million from the Harvard Gay and Lesbian Caucus.

Gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender studies are relatively new in the U.S. The first university program in this area was started in 1986 at the City University of New York.

Harvard University believes, however, that theirs will be the first endowed, named chair in this subject.

This move by Harvard is another modest indicator of how the acceptability of Homosexuality in U.S. academic circles.

To read the New York Times story, click here.

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