|TCU to Offer Gay Housing|
|by Tom McGregor||Thu, Apr 9, 2009, 06:56 PM|
Texas Christian University will provide some on-campus apartments for homosexual students and their supporters, establishing what may be the only such university housing in the region.
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that, “the Diversity Q community will open in the fall in a section of the Tom Brown-Pete Wright apartments. Lesbian, gay, transgender students and allies – heterosexual classmates who support them – will have the chance to live together. Eight students have committed to the community so far, TCU sophomore Shelly Newkirk, who applied to create the program.”
Also, TCU will open two Christian-based living groups, another for the fine arts and three other such themed housing arrangements.
It’s all consistent with the university’s living-learning communities, designated for students who desire to live with others who are like-minded.
David Cooper, TCU associate director for residential life, said, “it’s a chance for students to be part of a unique experience. It’s also important to universities because students who feel a connection to their school are more likely to stay.”
According to the Telegram, “living-learning communities are common at universities in Denton and Tarrant counties, but none have an on-campus living program for gay students. A fraternity for gay and straight students opened in 1998 at the University of North Texas but has closed by 2001, UNT spokeswoman Sarah Bahari said.”
Nation-wide, some colleges provide “gender neutral” housing to alleviate what could be an uncomfortable situation for homosexual students. Such students are permitted to choose a roommate of the opposite sex.
For instance, since 2005 at Louis & Clark College in Portland , Ore. , which enrolls about 3,000 undergraduates, two or three rooms a semester are made available for a gay male and gay female to live together said the college public relations officer, Vanessa Fawbush. She claimed that students are interviewed to make certain that heterosexual students are seeking a room together.
To read the entire article from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, link here:
written by Amy in Austin , April 11, 2009
I believe I will make a donation. As a graduate of TCU, I am very pleased with this progression and look forward to any assistance they need from alumni. I hope other universities will embrace these ideas as well.
written by Booner , April 12, 2009
This is a thinly veiled attempt to put gays and lesbians in situations that could lead them to renounce the lifestyle. However, it will never work for the transgendered students, who can claim any sex, at least until the surgeons commit them.
written by concerned student , April 13, 2009
As a TCU student, I am appalled. The Living Learning communities were not designed for lifestyle choices, but rather for students with similar interests. In addition, the housing department distributed an email at the end of last year in which they denounced the practice of allowing "gender neutral" housing in which males and females are allowed to live together. Yet, apparently feel it is permissible for homosexual students to choose to live together.
As a high school senior, I chose TCU because of its Christian reputation and do not feel that this most recent decision coincides with the majority of the students' beliefs. Other than a single article in The Skiff, no other communication was made to the students about this major change of policy.
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