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Norwich University to hold first gay pride week at Vt. campus

Norwich University, the nation’s oldest private military academy will hold its first gay pride week, officials at the school in Northfield, Vt., said.

From Monday through Saturday, a series of pride-related and awareness-raising events will be hosted by the Norwich University Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Question, and Allies Club.

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The club is believed to be the country’s first ever LGBT Club on a military campus university officials said in a press release. The club first met on Sept. 20, 2011, the day that “don’t ask, don’t tell,” the military’s policy banning gay service members from serving openly, expired.

The six days of scheduled events this week represent the six colors of LGBT flag, with each color representing a LGBT issue or theme, officials said. Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin will speak at Norwich’s first ever Queer Prom on Saturday. A keynote address will be made at the prom by US Army Chief Warrant Officer Charlie Morgan, who first publicly announced she was gay on the day the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy ended.

The gay pride week’s events are co-sponsored by several university administration departments and student organizations, the release said.

Founded in 1819, Norwich is the birthplace of the nation’s Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program. University officials say the school was also among the first to admit women and African Americans into the university’s Corps of Cadets.

Around 2,300 cadets, civilian residents, and commuters, along with about 1,200 graduate students, attend Norwich, according to the school’s website.

Matt Rocheleau can be reached at mjrochele@gmail.com.
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