Rutgers launches gender-neutral housing program in three buildings

    Rutgers University is taking steps to make the campus more gay-friendly by launching a gender-neutral housing program come fall. At the News Brunswick campus, gay, lesbian and transgender students will be able to choose their roommates regardless of gender. Heterosexual students will also be given the option to live with students of the opposite sex.

    The Associated Press and Home News Tribune report LGBTQ students found it difficult to find accepting roommates. The program, which will be available in three dormitories, also includes co-ed bathrooms.

    Last fall, 18-year-old Rutgers student Tyler Clementi took his own life after his roommate used a webcam to film Clementi and another male in an intimate encounter.

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