Young Adult

Your resource for news and information which features or directly impacts young adults; Frequent topics include K-12 schools and higher education, young adult media, young adult advocates, coming out, family and community acceptance, youth homelessness, and student advocacy including Gay Straight Alliances and safe schools initiatives.

Gender-Neutral Bathrooms Signal Change for Colleges

Colleges are often the place movements for social change start. Now, the transformation is coming to bathrooms.

Portland State University said in late May that it would convert one multi-stall women’s restroom on campus to a gender-neutral designation.

The move was designed to support transgender students.

Though there already are gender-neutral single-stall restrooms on campus, this restroom, on the fourth floor of Smith Memorial Student Union next to the Queer Resource Center, can be used simultaneously by people of different genders.

The Portland Tribune
June 7, 2012

Transgender Teen Graduates in Tulsa

The graduating seniors at Bixby High School walk to their seats in the Mabee Center under a sword salute by the Marine Corps Junior ROTC students of Lt. Col. Randy Hill’s class.
Fashion among Bixby’s senior class girls dictates many wear neon-hued platform stilettos with their Spartan blue graduation gowns and caps.
About one-third of the way through the alphabet, Hill’s daughter, Katie, glides across the stage, and the school administrators offer her a steadying hand down the stairs, as they do for every senior girl — even though Katie is wearing sparkly flat sandals.

The Oklahoman
June 4, 2012

Former Rutgers Student Apologizes in Tyler Clementi Case

Former Rutgers University student Dharun Ravi on Tuesday apologized for the first time for invading the privacy of his gay roommate, who later died by suicide, saying his behavior was “thoughtless, insensitive, immature, stupid and childish.”

In a statement issued two days before he begins serving his 30-day jail term, Ravi said he never was motivated by anti-gay bias toward Tyler Clementi...

Los Angeles Times
May 31, 2012


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