Gender-neutral housing provides a safe option for members of the LGBT+ community. It is a simple, free way to make campus life more accepting of those for whom the heteronormative system of traditional on-campus living just doesn't work. Colleges all over the country are instigating gender-neutral housing (often referred to as GNH), including Rice Univeristy, Texas Southern University, and Southwestern University. UNT is one of the most progressive universities in the state, and it's time that LGBT+ students are given housing options that allow them to feel safe and accepted.
What is gender-neutral housing?
Gender-neutral housing places no restriction on the gender of roommates. Traditional housing policy assumes that every student is straght and cisgender. For many students, this policy can be not only uncomfortable, but potentially dangerous. Gender-neutral housing embraces the diversity of students and accommodates those for whom the traditional system just doesn't work. Living on campus is not only required for freshmen but a huge part of campus life, and it should not be a source of fear for any students.
We are currently in the process of writing an official proposal to change UNT's Housing Policy. If you'd like to know more or help, you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org