Featured image by Marilyn Roxie, “San Francisco Pride 2011“
A caveat: I’m a transgender guy.
Before I identified as a transgender man, I lived life as a queer, cis girl. The current system of housing based on assigned gender at birth was never made for me. And to be honest, I’m not the only one.
I’ve argued before that gender neutral bathrooms benefit many more people than most people would realize, particularly the single stalled variety. I believe that gender-neutral housing would reap the same benefits.
Here’s a list of some benefits.
- LGBT students, obviously, would benefit the most. Most discrimination against LGBT+ students come from members of the gender they were assigned at birth.
- Students of all genders and orientations would benefit, as it would require that they learn how to live with people that are unlike themselves.
- Even if the program were limited to juniors and seniors, many people in my positions and positions like mine find that they would have a much easier time selecting a room with people they already know – who are often a different gender than they are.
- It would encourage an attitude of responsibility and acceptance for those within housing itself.
If you have any other suggestions for how gender-neutral rooms would benefit on-campus life, leave them in the comments below!