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Gender Inclusive Housing may be implemented on the University of Texas campus soon, The Daily Texan
reports. At the most basic level, this means that students of
different genders would be able to live together in dorm rooms, possibly
as soon as the 2013-2014 school year. The University Residence
Hall Organization, which consists of about 50 student officers who
represent all the students who live on campus, unanimously voted to pass
a resolution asking the University to provide gender inclusive housing
for students who would like it. They did this after a survey found that
64 percent of the students living on campus are in favor of providing
gender inclusive housing. The University states that the
purpose of this housing is to give options to transgender students,
students who are discovering their gender identity, gay or bisexual
students, students who would feel more comfortable rooming with members
of the opposite sex, and students who do not wish to be identified by
gender. It would also benefit those who may wish to room with a sibling
of the opposite sex or a disabled person and their caretaker.
Currently, over 100 universities and colleges provide this option. The
next step will be getting approval from the UT Board of Regents and
President Bill Powers. Residence Hall Contracts for next year have
already been signed, so gender inclusive housing could not be offered
until at least the fall of 2013. Looking for off-campus housing where you can choose who you want to live with? Give Apartments Now a call today so we can help you find the perfect apartment!