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University of Oregon opens gender inclusive housing

EUGENE, Ore. -- The University of Oregon is opening gender inclusive housing, also known as co-ed dorm rooms, where even the bathrooms are shared by men, women and transgendered.
 
Gay rights advocates say the new housing option will help students feel safe.
 
Bathroom access could become a statewide issue.
 
The Oregon Student Association plans to introduce legislation next session to require single occupancy, gender neutral restrooms on all college campuses.
 
The concern is largely for transgender students who some say they may not feel comfortable using men's or women's bathrooms.
 
"We do a lot of things by gender.  We assume that everything needs to be divided by gender.  And maybe at one time culturally that was true.  But I think we're seeing more and more with every civil rights movement, gender doesn't have to be the defining factor," said Chicora Martin, LGBT.
 
The UO is already taking steps to be more transgender friendly by opening new gender inclusive dormitories where people of any sex can share a room.

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Tags: college/university, lgbtq / gender & sexual minorities, oregon
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