The Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Center at Case Western Reserve University provides a long-awaited home for members of the LGBT community and their allies. It also serves as a source of information and insight for those who have lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender children or loved ones. Finally, it is also a place that welcomes alumni and prospective students, faculty and staff.
The LGBT Center provides a lounge, kitchenette, office, and study and meeting space. It has been designed to offer areas that encourage informal gatherings as well as more structured events. In addition, the Center provides places where people can seek both information and support.
The LGBT Center serves as a resource for students, faculty, staff and alumni. A program coordinator staffs the center with the help of student assistants. The center helps individuals and groups develop programming ideas for our campus and helps to bring LGBT community programs and events to CWRU. The center also serves as a library, art gallery and poetry space.
The LGBT Center is located on the first floor of the western half of Thwing Center, CWRU's Student Union. Originally a private residence, the building was built in 1897. In 1980, an atrium was built to connect it to Thwing Hall, forming today's Thwing Center. The renovation aimed to enhance the original architectural character of the building and also be environmentally friendly. Sustainable design elements include bamboo flooring, non-toxic paints and finishes, and LED lighting.
The LGBT Center includes a space christened the Hart Crane Reading Room, named in honor of the gay Ohio poet who attended Western Reserve University in the early 1920s. Crane was born in Garrettsville, but spent much of his young life living with his grandmother in a house on East 115th Street. His best-known works include a series of poems called Voyages and The Bridge, a mammoth effort intended to serve as a more hopeful counterpoint to T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land. The campus has two markers honoring Crane, but this will be the first campus space to bear his name.