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LGBT leader resigns, cites retaliation in firings

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The University of Minnesota at Duluth is still reeling from discrimination charges after it failed to renew hockey coach Shannon Miller’s contract. Miller and three of her coaches, all of whom are openly gay, were terminated.

UMD’s Director of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Services, Anne Nichols, resigned citing retaliation from administration officials after she advised them that terminating the coaches’ contracts could make UMD appear to be “LGBT-unfriendly” to many. In her statement upon leaving, Nichols claims that she requested that Chancellor Lendley Black meet with Miller after the decision not to renew her contract. After that, Nichols claims she was excluded from meetings. Nichols, too, is openly gay and has not yet decided whether she will file retaliation charges against the University.

National LGBT watchdog group Campus Pride has dropped UMD from its list of LGBT-friendly schools.

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