by Blythe Alspaugh
In 2009, Lester Lefton was the final piece of the puzzle needed to bring domestic partner benefits to Kent State University. However, it did take some time to get there.
“On one hand, Kent State had been incredibly progressive […] but there was that missing administrative link,” said Molly Merryman, Department of Sociology and co-coordinator for the LGBT studies program at Kent State.
Indeed, Kent State has been there as a leader for the Gender and Sexual Minority (GSM) community across college campuses; from having the longest running GSM organization in the country to the first GSM studies program in the state of Ohio, Kent State has been a leader in growth for the GSM community on a college campus.