The prestigious American Harvard University is to appoint a professor of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT)studies.
The role which will be created thanks to the gift of a $1.5 million donation from the Harvard Gay and Lesbian Caucus.
It became one of first universities in the USA to have a professorship dedicated solely to LGBT studies although the University of Louisville has a chair in race, class, gender and sexuality studies. City University of New York has had a similar role since 1986.
“For 25 years we’ve been in somewhat antagonistic position to the university, pushing it to recognise lesbian and gay rights. Its recognition of the professorship marks a totally new sense of the relationship,” Warren Goldfarb, Harvard philosophy don told The Guardian.
Harvard said it would invite experts in issues related to sexuality or sexual minorities to teach on campus for one semester.