COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) – Iowa Western Community College will offer lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students a new community housing option this fall.
The Daily Nonpareil reports that the college has set aside a cluster of about 40 suite-style apartments to create an optional community-style living environment for LGBT students, with a focus on transgender and intersex individuals. According to Director of Student Life Liz Luiken, the school initially set aside 18 units for gender-inclusive housing in early April, but interest quickly grew the plans to two complete floors.
Luiken said about 40 students have already expressed an interest in the new Pride Q*mmunity cluster, with about 11 students already choosing the option on their housing applications.
Other schools, such as the University of Nebraska at Omaha and University of Nebraska-Lincoln, are planning to offer similar gender-inclusive housing options in the fall.