What does the National Student Genderblind Campaign do?
We work with college students, administrators, staff, LGBT organizations, and human rights groups to ensure that college policies and practices are inclusive of all students.
Why does this matter to me?
Because this affects everyone. Gay, straight, trans—whatever your identity or orientation may be—this is about all of us. University mandated segregation is a gross and arbitrary infringement to our right as students—and our license as adults—to self-determination. Moreover, campus policies that force men to live with men and women with women are antiquated relics of an outdated past—a time when all students were assumed to be straight, transgender and queer identities were brushed aside, and friendships between men and women were less common. Today, as colleges and universities work to embrace diversity, justice, and equality as principles to live by, we ought to hold them accountable. Joining together to reveal and challenge the discriminatory nature of traditional policies, we can make our campuses more inclusive for generations to come.
Why are policies that require men to live with men and women to live with women inherently exclusive and discriminatory?
They marginalize gay, lesbian, bisexual, and students of various sexual orientations who feel comfortable, or more comfortable, rooming with someone of the opposite sex/gender.
They alienate transgender, genderqueer, and intersexed students who are forced into uncomfortable, dangerous rooming situations based on birth sex rather than gender identification.
They assume that men and women can never, and will never, live together non-sexually given the choice to do so.