History of GIH at GSU
Gender Inclusive Housing started in fall 2015 as a collaborative effort with students who advocated for housing options that created a welcoming, inclusive, and safe residential experience that both accommodate and respect the complexities of gender identity. Room assignments based solely on sex/gender are not inclusive for all students and gender-inclusive housing more fully demonstrates University Housing’s vision of providing “a residential experience where all students thrive.”
Out of respect for the uniqueness and validity of the self-perceptions and identities of our students, we established gender-inclusive housing options for our residential communities. Living in a room/suite/apartment that is not based on one’s biological sex can further support the safety and comfort of our students who have diverse gender expressions and identities.
- Participants must commit to maintaining a comfortable and safe living environment free from discrimination based on gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation.
- Students will respect assigned roommates’ different motivations for choosing GIH.
- Students will promote and use inclusive language as well as the chosen names and gender pronouns of community members.
- Students will demonstrate openness and desire to develop their own understanding about gender identity, sexual orientation, and other identities.
- Students will educate their guests about the values and community expectations of the gender inclusive community.
- It is the student’s choice to communicate with parents, guardians, or family members about the decision to live in and participate in the GI Community. University Housing encourages this conversation between parents or family members and students about the housing choice so that they can be in support of the student’s decision. University Housing values the rights of its students and will not provide their personal residential information to anyone, including family members and/or guardians.
- Students understand they will be removed from the environment if they fail to abide by these standards.
Gender Inclusive Housing is an environment where roommate assignments are not restricted to traditional limitations of the gender binary (male/female). GIH is defined as a housing option in which two or more students share a multiple-occupancy apartment or suite, in mutual agreement, regardless of the students’ sex, biological gender, gender identity, and gender expression. This is a departmental and university commitment to establish more inclusiveness and room for diverse identities. Gender Inclusive Housing means that students from all gender identities and expressions may choose to live together.
Gender Inclusive Housing is for anyone who wants to live with individual(s) with whom they feel comfortable - no matter their gender. Students who elect this option must be open to living with a person of any gender. Students are interested in gender inclusive housing for a variety of reasons. It is our hope that you make the best decision for you.
The option is available to all students who reside in University Housing.
GIH spaces are offered in all the university’s residence halls except for Fraternity and Sorority Life (Greek) Housing. There are no designated buildings for GIH. Students are able to live anywhere on campus as long as space is available, their accommodation request can be met and all the roommates in the entire apartment, suite or room agree to live in GIH.
A student must identify that they are interested in gender inclusive housing to be considered. Students who do not identify an interest will not be considered and will remain eligible for same-sex housing assignments.
Students are able to check a box on the housing application to indicate their preference to live in GIH and select the link to the University Housing website to get more information. Students who check the box on the application will be sent information on GIH and a Gender Inclusive Housing Agreement Form.
After students complete and submit the agreement form back to University Housing, the roommate selection process mirrors what is provided for all students. Students can search and select roommates based on living preferences. Students can either recruit an eligible roommate to fill the space or select a single space if available. If a student does not select a roommate, the space will remain available to be filled by another student who has chosen to participate in GIH and has completed the agreement.
There are no community-style bathrooms in University Housing at Georgia State University. All bathrooms are contained within residents' assigned suite/apartment. Based on the room type selected in the room selection process, bathrooms may be shared with occupants within the unit. This means that the shared bathroom within the unit will not be restricted to a specific gender. Currently there are no public gender inclusive bathrooms available in the residence halls.
All residents may choose to submit a request for a room change in the MyHousing portal. Room changes are not guaranteed and are based on date of receipt and availability.
GIH is first come, first served and limited by space availability and the ability for University Housing to meet the accommodation requests of students.
If a vacancy occurs, University Housing reserves the right to assign another GIH participant into the space or consolidate when necessary.
We encourage all students to maintain an open dialogue with their parents, legal guardians and families regarding housing decisions. Students 18 or over are legally able to make decisions about their housing agreements without consent from parents/guardians. Students under 18 should discuss housing plans with their parents, guardians, and families, as they will be required to have a co-signer on the housing agreement.
- Ally: A person who supports and advocates for the LGBTQ+
- Cisgender: Term used to describe people who, for the most part, identify as the gender they were assigned at birth.
- Gender Expression: How a person presents their gender using gender cues such as hairstyle, clothing, make-up, accessories, speech and movement patterns, and other visible attributes.
- Gender Identity: A person’s internal sense or feeling about their own gender. The term refers to whether a person identifies as a man, a woman, both, neither, or another gender.
- Gender-Inclusive Bathroom: A bathroom that can be used by anyone regardless of gender. Gender-inclusive bathrooms benefit people who are transgender, people with disabilities who have care attendants of a different gender, and parents with young children, among others.
- Gender non-conforming: A person whose behavior or appearance does not conform to predominant cultural and social expectations about what is appropriate for their gender.
- Non-Binary: A person whose gender identity is outside of the binary identities of man and woman. A non-binary person may experience a partial connection to one or more genders or a fluidity between genders.
- LGBTQ+: A community that includes lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, and allied people.
- Sex Assigned at Birth (or Assigned Sex): The designation of Male or Female that is made at birth, usually based on the appearance of external genitalia.
- Sexual Orientation: The romantic, sexual, and/or emotional attraction that one person may or may not have to another person or other people. Sexual orientations can include, but are not limited to, gay, lesbian, bisexual, queer, asexual, and heterosexual.
- Transgender (Trans): An umbrella term to describe people whose gender identity does not align with the sex they were assigned at birth. It can include trans women, trans men, non-binary people, and many other identities.
- Trans man: A person who identifies as a man and was assigned female at birth.
- Trans woman: A person who identifies as a woman and was assigned male at birth.