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Colleges and Universities  
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For example, colleges and universities have largely failed to address the needs of transgender students, staff, and faculty. Few schools recognize transgender people on college forms or have a ready means to alter records when someone transitions from one gender to another.

Transgender students also face discrimination in residence halls, where they may be assigned to a building or have a roommate of the "wrong" gender or be denied access to the appropriate restroom. To date, only a handful of schools, such as the University of California-Riverside, Sarah Lawrence College, Oberlin College, Lewis and Clark College, and Swarthmore College, offer a gender-neutral housing option, in which students are assigned a roommate regardless of gender and have non-gender-specific bathrooms.

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social sciences >> Overview:  Gay, Lesbian, and Queer Studies

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social sciences >> Overview:  Student Organizations

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social sciences >> Overview:  Transgender Issues in Education

Transgender people are becoming increasingly visible at secondary and post-secondary schools; if institutions are to be welcoming to people of all genders, issues of discrimination and equal access to facilities and health care need to be addressed.

social sciences >> Overview:  Women's Studies

Women's studies, an interdisciplinary academic field that was inaugurated at major universities around 1970, is now offered at every conceivable type of academic institution throughout the world.

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social sciences >> The Point Foundation

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Beemyn, Brett. "The Development and Administration of Campus LGBT Centers and Offices." Our Place on Campus: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Services and Programs in Higher Education. Ronni Sanlo, Sue Rankin, and Robert Schoenberg, eds. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 2002. 25-32.

Human Rights Campaign WorkNet.

National Consortium of Directors of LGBT Resources in Higher Education.

Rankin, Susan R. Campus Climate for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender People: A National Perspective. New York: The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Policy Institute, 2003. "Queer Studies Programs and Trans Friendly Educations."

Younger, John G. "University LGBT/Queer Programs: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Transsexual, Queer Studies in the USA and Canada."


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    Author: Beemyn, Brett Genny  
    Entry Title: Colleges and Universities  
    General Editor: Claude J. Summers  
    Publication Name: glbtq: An Encyclopedia of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual,
Transgender, and Queer Culture
    Publication Date: 2004  
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