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University of Minnesota to offer gender-neutral student housing

Sunday, December 29, 2013
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MINNEAPOLIS — The University of Minnesota is preparing to offer gender-neutral housing at its Twin Cities campus.

University-of-MinnesotaStarting in the fall of 2015, up to several dozen students will be able to live in campus apartments with any roommate, regardless of their sex or what gender they identify with. Minnesota Public Radio News reports that transgender students have been pushing for the change.

In adopting the new housing policy, the University of Minnesota will join other public schools in Minnesota along with a growing number of campuses around the country in trying to better accommodate transgender students seeking housing alternatives.

Transgender students “can face violence, they can face accusations, they can face physical, emotional abuse coming from a roommate,” said Jayce Koester, a transgender sophomore at the University of Minnesota-Morris, which has plans to incorp orate gender neutral housing next year.

The University of Minnesota campus in Rochester already has gender-neutral housing.

Transgender housing is different than co-ed housing, which lets male and female students live in residence halls on the same floor but in separate rooms.

In gender-neutral housing, gender would not play a role at all: biological males and females will be able to share living space.

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