Virginia Tech to offer gender-neutral housing

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BLACKSBURG, Va. — Virginia Tech will allow opposite-sex roommates to live together for the first time beginning next fall under a new pilot program announced this week.

The pilot program will allow students 18 years or older applying for on-campus housing to request a roommate of their choice, regardless of gender. The option will be available at two residence halls on the Blacksburg campus.

Virginia Tech has had co-ed dormitories for decades but until now students had been unable to live in the same room as someone of the opposite sex.

The new program is likely to appeal to transgender or gay and lesbian students who may feel safer choosing a roommate of the opposite sex, but the move is likely to appeal to other students.

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