Oregon university expands gender and sexual orientation options

Oregon's Portland State University now allows students to officially identify with a wide range of genders and sexual orientations.

Oregon's Portland State University now allows students to officially identify with a wide range of genders and sexual orientations.

Students at Portland State University now have options beyond “man” and “woman,” “gay” and “straight” when it comes to identifying themselves on school paperwork.

The expansion comes in response to 2015 legislation requiring Oregon schools to allow students to include their sexual orientation for anonymous tracking purposes.

According to the Willamette Week:

Among the choices PSU students now have when disclosing their gender: agender; genderqueer; man; non-binary; questioning or unsure; trans man; trans woman; transgender; woman; or other.

Among the choices PSU students now have when disclosing their sexual orientation: asexual; bisexual; gay; heterosexual/straight; lesbian; pansexual; queer; questioning or unsure; same gender loving; or other.

Oregon has been progressive when it comes to gender identity in particular. Portland recently moved to make all single-stall bathrooms unisex and an Oregon resident was the first person in the country to be legalized recognized as non-binary.

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