'Gender-Neutral' Dorms Start at Rutgers
Move comes in wake of gay student Tyler Clementi's suicide
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 1, 2011 6:54 PM CST
In this Oct. 3, 2010, file photo, people participate in a candlelight vigil for Rutgers University freshman Tyler Clementi on campus.   (AP Photo/Reena Rose Sibayan, File)
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(Newser) – Rutgers is going to let students of the opposite sex dorm together for the first time, a "gender-neutral" policy designed to make the campus more accommodating to gay students, reports the Star-Ledger. The move comes in the wake of last year's high-profile suicide of Tyler Clementi. Students won't be asked to reveal their sexual preference, and they'll be able to name a roommate of either sex. Parents can't veto the pick.

The policy won't be open to freshmen, but first-year students can request a roommate who supports their sexual preference. It will start in three dorms as a pilot program. "I’m really glad they did it, although I wish it wouldn’t have taken as long," one transgender student tells the newspaper. "We live in a world where in order to be considered a human being you have to be male or female, and not everyone fits into that kind of binary. It’s important to have spaces where people don’t necessarily have to worry."