- Associated Press - Friday, May 27, 2016

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - University of Tennessee students have raised funds for the school’s LGBT center after a state law led to the loss of its funding.

The Knoxville News Sentinel (https://bit.ly/1XWmZdZ ) reports that students in the UT Pride Ambassadors have collected over $4,000 for the university’s Pride Center.

A state law recently defunded the UT Office for Diversity and Inclusion for a year and directed the funds to minority engineering scholarships.

Because of the office’s funding structure, the Pride Center also lost state funds as a result of the changes. It also lost its status as an administrative office within the diversity office.

University of Tennessee spokeswoman Margie Nichols says the center remains open and the school is doing what it can to support it under the law.

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Information from: Knoxville News Sentinel, https://www.knoxnews.com

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