Some students feel that this is the new segregation, but other students feel that the measure is very necessary.
Old Dominion University in VA, has decided to give Gay and Lesbian students a decision to live separate from other students. The University will offer separate housing for students who are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. The new living space will allow only gay and lesbian students to live and mingle amongst eachother. They call it “living learning communities” which allow groups of people with the same goals and interests to live together. I don’t understand how Gay and Lesbian student’s goals and interests are much different from that of straight students.
During a time when GLBT lifestyle is becoming more acceptable, this new concept, some feel, will cause problems with the gay students living openly with other students. Ellen Neufeldt of student engagement is quoted
“Living on a floor with people who may not be accepting of that, you take that into consideration. Housing is open to everyone who applies. This isn’t going to change that,”
Ellen also feels that this new plan when make the Gays and Lesbian more safe and away from harassment from other students.
One student at the school feels very indifferent from Ellen, Sally, a Junior at the school Quoted (And I have to agree with Her)
“I don’t think it’s a good concept, just singling them out and sticking them all together,” said Sally, Just because you’re gay is not gonna make you have things in common with them, same as anybody else.”
The students will receive a set of 9 dorm rooms inside of a residence hall with other students. Old Dominion was established in 1930 and has an enrollment of over 24,000 students.