Wouldn’t it be wrong to suggest that gay students should be housed separately?
Matt Lamb reports at the College Fix.
Top-ranked university for LGBTQ students now lets them self-segregate in their own dorm
‘A safe space for those people who feel they need it’
One of the most gay-friendly universities in the country is becoming even friendlier, by offering to shelter its LGBTQ students from the rest of the school.
Indiana University-Bloomington is opening a “thematic residence hall” this fall for students who don’t identify as straight men or women.
It will have a particular emphasis on transgender students and those who don’t “subscribe to conventional gender distinctions,” the Herald-Times reported, citing GLBT Student Support Services Office Coordinator Doug Bauder.
IU’s Residential Programs & Services (RPS) is less specific than Bauder. It says the so-called Spectrum area, housed within another dorm, is “designed to make all students of all gender and sexual identities feel comfortable and supported,” including “allies,” meaning supportive heterosexuals.
Spectrum uses “shared locking, individual bathrooms,” according to its RPS listing. The Indiana Daily Student reported in December, as Spectrum was in development, that it was specifically placed within a preexisting dorm that didn’t have a single-gender arrangement, given that its residents “are on a gender, identity and sexuality spectrum.”
Spectrum has a “connection” with the Gender Studies department at the school and a “direct partnership” with Bauder’s office, RPS says.
Students who live in the dorm will enjoy opportunities such as forming a delegation to the Midwest Bisexual Lesbian Gay Transgender Ally College Conference and attending campus events “such as a campus film screening, guest speaker, Kinsey art exhibit, etc.,” RPS says.
Recent winners in the Kinsey Institute Juried Art Show include an artist who made a “self-portrait” of her own sexual intercourse and climax, and another who designed a wooden sculpture of male genitalia in the posture of a rodeo bull.
Top-ranked university for LGBTQ students now lets them self-segregate in their own dorm (The College Fix)