COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A University of Missouri graduate has donated $1 million for to the journalism school for LGBT research and education.
The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that the pledge comes from Timothy Blair. He wants the money to go toward better understanding how news coverage can reinforce or break down stereotypes about people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.
Blair is a graduate of MU’s journalism school. He recalled how HIV and AIDs were controversial topics in the 1980s. He mentioned the silence surrounding the disease, even as people cared for their children, friends and neighbors.
MU Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin said in a news release that Blair’s donation will help advance MU’s journalism school.