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WVU and the City of Morgantown Moves Toward LGBT Community Inclusion

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WVU Faculty Senate Unanimously approves the proposal for an LGBTQ Office on campus. WVU Faculty Senate Unanimously approves the proposal for an LGBTQ Office on campus.
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Morgantown City Council is backing not only the Employment and Housing Non-Discrimination Act (EHNDA) in the house of delegates, but marriage equality for the LGBT community.

WVU is also on the track towards making the area more inclusive for gay community members.

"The full Faculty Senate is looking at the proposal for an LGBTQ Office on campus," said Brian Jara, a faculty member at WVU in the Center for Women and Gender Studies Department. "Students have been behind the proposal for three years now, staff are now indicating their support. And today is to get the last symbolic vote from the faculty saying that they all believe that there is an important need."

Morgantown City Council unanimously passed two resolutions at the Feb. 4 meeting. The first, dealing with EHNDA and the second with marriage equality. This shows the legislature that the city would support both if passed.

"People sometimes don't realize how hurtful it can be to be left out. And how it can leave someone subject to being bullied and just not feeling included in their community," said Jenny Seline, the Mayor of Morgantown. "And that to me overrides some of the other concerns that people have about including others in fair housing, and fair employment, and marriage equality."

Jara said that schools across the country the size and caliber of WVU all have some sort of LGBT support group. He added that the topic coming up during the Day of Action and the resolutions being passed by the City of Morgantown were not planned, but fortunate coincidences.

"It's interesting that this wasn't all timed, but it's outstanding that it's all happening in the same window of time," Jara said. "It just shows that the university, that Morgantown, that the message is becoming clear. That we all believe it's important to have this town, this community, and this campus be a just and inclusive, and welcoming place."

The Faculty Senate unanimously agreed to endorse the vote for an LGBTQ Office to be added to the WVU Campus at the meeting on Feb 10.

Staff Council is the final group to approve the office. The council is set to vote at the next meeting in March.