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The Ohio University administration has worked hard to earn the university's reputation as one of the nation's friendliest campuses for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students, faculty and staff.
The university was selected as one of the 100 Best LGBT Friendly Colleges and Universities by The Advocates' College Guide for LGBT Students in 2006 and many LGBT students say the university's welcoming environment was a deciding factor in their college decision.
Director of the LGBT Center Mickey Hart says the center is an available resource for everyone. He reminds us that it is designed to serve LGBT students' needs and to improve campus awareness about LGBT issues.
For more information about the center and its mission, visit www.ohio.edu/lgbt/.