In an effort to address questions about gender-neutral housing and bathrooms, the Queer & Ally Student Assembly hosted a Trans Town Hall Meeting on Monday.
A large majority of undergraduate students favor a limited trial of gender-neutral housing, according to a recent Undergraduate Student Government poll. About 80 percent of respondents reported favoring a pilot-program for gender-neutral housing on the Rainbow Floor at Century Apartments. The Rainbow Floor is a special interest residential community for LGBT students and allies that is open to all students.
Several universities have adopted or approved some form of gender-neutral housing, including Stanford, Harvard and Dartmouth.
Michael Kiyoshi Salvatore, assistant director of QuASA, said gender-neutral housing is important because it provides all students with equal opportunities.
“There is a growing number of transgender-identifying students who want to live with members of the same sex,” Kiyoshi said. “The easiest option is to provide gender-neutral housing so they don’t have to go through any legal issues and can live in a safe environment.”