The Fight for Gender-Neutral Housing at UW

The Fight for Gender-Neutral Housing at UW

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Members of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) groups at the University of Washington may be able to rest a little easier if a new type of dorm arrangement takes place on campus. It’s called Gender-Neutral Housing.

Emily Juhre is a student at the University of Washington and said, “You know I’m gender variant right, OK, so I’m a female but I dress as a male so I was very scared about rooming my first year.”

The University of Washington Residence Hall Student Association is gathering information to see if Gender-Neutral Housing, which is supported by many gay and lesbian student organizations, could work here.

Jennifer Gibbons who is ASUW Director of Gay, Bisexual, Lesbian, and Transgender Commission says the UW needs to start this type of housing.

“There’s a lot of students who don’t necessarily want to live in gender segregated housing that includes a lot of the queer community especially trans students on campus, but also students that don’t conform to typical gender norms,” said Gibbons.

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