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University of Minnesota to offer gender-neutral student housing

Sunday, December 29, 2013

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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  1. yay progress :D

    Posted on Sunday, December 29, 2013 at 8:51pm
  2. Fantastic.

    Posted on Sunday, December 29, 2013 at 8:52pm
  3. omg this is one of the schools I’m applying to

    Posted on Sunday, December 29, 2013 at 8:53pm
  4. Yahoo!

    Posted on Sunday, December 29, 2013 at 8:53pm
  5. AWESOME!

    Posted on Sunday, December 29, 2013 at 8:54pm
  6. This is what they need at the University of New Mexico!!!! I fear for my life sometimes

    Posted on Sunday, December 29, 2013 at 8:55pm
  7. You should never have to deal with that :( I hope you remain safe.

    Replied on Sunday, December 29, 2013 at 9:08pm
  8. We need people like you saying things like this, Eric. Offices of housing or residential life are very, very slow-moving on this topic because they don't feel pressed by something where they can't be hit with a lawsuit (ie not feeling safe). So we need that voice.

    Replied on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 1:22am
  9. hope your school works on something like this Eric!! stay safe!! that is just wrong that you fear for your safety...

    Replied on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 3:26am
  10. It forces me to wonder if this is enabling the school to categorize a transwoman for example as an other instead of as a woman. So she won’t be allowed to be housed with the gender she identifies with rather in the other/neutral housing. It’s a step, but is it an enabling step that diminishes ones identity by creating an other category instead of respecting the identity of the individual? It’s a complex issue, and it does seem that they are trying….

    Posted on Sunday, December 29, 2013 at 8:56pm
  11. it's an opt-in program they are "offering", they are not categorizing and segregating anyone.

    Replied on Sunday, December 29, 2013 at 9:05pm
  12. It’s a good school. I went there 13 yrs ago. Minneapolis is a very accepting city. Just gets really cold here.

    Posted on Sunday, December 29, 2013 at 8:56pm
  13. Minnesota Nice :) <3

    Posted on Sunday, December 29, 2013 at 8:56pm
  14. How much is this going to cost taxpayers or students?

    Posted on Sunday, December 29, 2013 at 8:56pm
  15. It would likely cost the taxpayers less to stop separating solely on gender...

    Replied on Sunday, December 29, 2013 at 10:10pm
  16. None, hahahahahahaahahahaha.

    Replied on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 1:22am
  17. If its cheap or free then I'm all for it but its just another form of segregation.

    Replied on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 1:29am
  18. Wohoo!

    Posted on Sunday, December 29, 2013 at 8:59pm
  19. I thought that this was already true at most schools.

    Posted on Sunday, December 29, 2013 at 9:06pm
  20. Unfortunately, the opposite is the case. This remains a rarely-offered accommodation. :(

    Replied on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 1:20am
  21. It still categorizes by biological gender…I go to the U and its great…but I’m kinda interested to see how this might work

    Posted on Sunday, December 29, 2013 at 9:06pm
  22. Thanks Mollie, it’s shocking at the number of people who are hostile or indifferent to people in the LGBTQ community.

    Posted on Sunday, December 29, 2013 at 9:10pm
  23. Morgan Travis was that a real question or were you being ironic?

    Posted on Sunday, December 29, 2013 at 9:11pm
  24. Awesome !!!

    Posted on Sunday, December 29, 2013 at 9:13pm
  25. Not one of the first I expected to reach this logical decision.

    Posted on Sunday, December 29, 2013 at 9:32pm
  26. Tori Leigh Rhoades doesn’t like being challenged or having a civil discussion with someone who disagrees with her so she deletes her comments and runs away.

    Posted on Sunday, December 29, 2013 at 10:09pm
  27. Honestly I don’t see what the problem is even for cisgender straight students. So long as the people who are actually involved don’t have a problem with it, I don’t CARE!

    Posted on Sunday, December 29, 2013 at 10:11pm
  28. University of Wisconsin Platteville also offers gender-neutral housing option since this academic school year! Congrats MN also!

    Posted on Sunday, December 29, 2013 at 10:12pm
  29. huge. i’m about to transfer to a school with dorms and dreading working with them. i do not want to be put in the female dorm. =

    Posted on Sunday, December 29, 2013 at 10:25pm
  30. Good for you Minnesota

    Posted on Sunday, December 29, 2013 at 10:53pm
  31. For the record, University of Wisconsin- River Falls Does offer gender-neutral housing. We will have it offered to upperclassmen and special cases in our Suite Style Residents hall. UWRF is a small University just outside of the Minneapolis- St. Paul area in Wisconsin. We are offering this fall of 2014, A year ahead of UM-Twin Cities

    Posted on Sunday, December 29, 2013 at 11:25pm
  32. Alas, it's most important of all for first-year students, NOT upperclassmen. We need to press our Universities to offer this for the students who USE on-campus housing: first-years.

    Replied on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 1:23am
  33. Judy Hansen-Childers

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 12:35am
  34. if only i was an american student, i’d apply

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 1:07am
  35. WANT! unfortunately they don’t offer better weather

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 1:10am
  36. Thanks Joey, I’m certainly going to push the issue!

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 1:28am
  37. I’m a proud graduate! Go Gophers!

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 2:39am
  38. Good!!

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 2:56am
  39. Way to go Minnesota… Ely MN.. is also a very accepting small town if you like the small town feel.. they have a 2 year tech school there!! UMD is an awesome campus and Duluth is a really cool city!!!

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 3:25am
  40. Yeah, I’m gonna become a thorn in its side! Lol!!! Thanks Nicole! Hugs!

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 3:28am
  41. Not exactly leading edge . My college did this 30 years ago .

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 7:36am
  42. Boston University has this too now! =]

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 8:02am
  43. THIS!!! <3 Kyle Parker & Tyler EverShort <3

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 8:24am
  44. I wish I had this option. Considering my freshman year I got stuck with a homophobic Republican jock.

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 9:12am
  45. Yay good job mn now if only ny would do the same then I would go to school

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 9:22am
  46. Superb!

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 10:34am
  47. finally

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 1:29pm
  48. Welcome to the Third Millennium! LOL! :D

    Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 3:36pm