Date of Award

12-1-2010

Degree Name

Master of Science in Education

Department

Higher Education

First Advisor

Donahoo, Saran

Abstract

Students come to college for a change and for most this is their first time away from home. Some students come looking for acceptance and a chance to freely be themselves. Individuals that identify as transgender or gender-variant have a difficult time finding a way to be themselves in this setting when they do not have a safe place to live. This research examines students who live in campus housing at a large, Midwestern institution. Past research on transgender issues is presented in its limited availability along with the results of an electronic survey of student opinions of gender-neutral housing and restrooms. The possibility of instituting such changes at this specific institution is examined.

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