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All Gender Housing Overview and Instructions

In keeping with the mission of Pace University to promote and support diversity, the Office of Housing and Residential Life in New York City offers All Gender Housing options to students who demonstrate an interest in and need for such accommodation.

This process seeks to provide a living environment welcoming to all gender identities; one not limited by the traditional gender binary. All Gender Housing allows for same-gender, different-gender, non-gender, gender-queer or other-gender identities to live together regardless of biological sex in a Platonic environment in which they feel safe and supported.

For new students interested in living in All Gender Housing, please complete the following no later than August 1st, 2018.


Incoming Students 1st year or new transfer students

Without roommate preference, please complete the following:

  • Once you have applied for housing through MyHousing, you can look to link with other students in your same “pool” (the pool of new first year students, or the pool of new transfer or graduate students) to link with one or more of them to be roommates.  To link with other students, you will need to log back in to MyHousing.  Once there, select “Room Selection” from the top menu, and then “Roommates/Suitemates”.
  • All Gender Housing Questionnaire
  • All Gender Housing Participant Form & Agreement (one form for each student)
  • All Gender Housing Parental/Guardian Consent (for students under 18 years of age)

With Roommate preferences, please complete the following:

New students who are interested in AG housing for the 2018-2019 year must also apply and deposit online through MyHousing.

Returning students can find the instructions for All Gender Housing here.

All Gender Housing participants must commit to maintaining an inclusive and welcoming living environment free of discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation.  All Gender Housing is not guaranteed to any student, and it will be denied in cases where applicants are attempting to secure housing for non-Platonic relationships.

Late applications, cancellations and transfer requests may be considered, but accommodations cannot be guaranteed. Unless students have specifically received approval for their late application for All Gender Housing, they will be placed in a similar matter to all. Additional All Gender Housing questions can be directed to the following contacts:

Vinn Randazzo
Manager of Student Assignments
Office of Housing and Residential Life
Phone: (212) 346-1295
Email: vrandazzo@pace.edu

Erin Furey
Assistant Director
LGBTQ & Social Justice Center
Phone: (212) 346-1966
Email: efurey@pace.edu


Terms

Before completing the New Student Gender Neutral Housing Questionnaire, please be sure to take a look at the sexual orientation and gender identity terms we have included below. Please note that these are general descriptions and may not be fitting for all.


Sexual Orientation

Asexual
A person who is not sexually attracted to any gender or sex.

Bisexual
Also “bi.” A person who is attracted to two sexes or two genders, but not necessarily simultaneously or equally.

Gay
Men attracted to men. Colloquially used as an umbrella term to include all LGBTQQIA people.

Lesbian
A woman attracted to women.

Monosexual
People who are attracted to only one sex or gender. People who self-identify as straight, lesbian, or gay.

Nonmonosexual (NM)
People who attracted to more than one sex or gender. People who self-identify as bisexual, pansexual, fluid, queer, or any other nonmonosexual identity.

Onmisexual
A person who is attracted to one or more genders regardless of the other person’s sexual orientation.

Pansexual
A person who is fluid in sexual orientation and is attracted to others regardless of gender. A common phrase used with this community is “hearts not parts.”

Polyamory
Polyamory is the practice of having multiple open, honest relationships simultaneously.

Queer
1) An umbrella term to refer to all LGBTQQIA people 2) A political statement, as well as a sexual orientation, which advocates breaking binary thinking and seeing both sexual orientation and gender identity as potentially fluid. 3) A simple label to explain a complex set of sexual behaviors and desires. For example, a person who is attracted to multiple genders may identify as queer. Many older LGBT people feel the word has been hatefully used against them for too long and are reluctant to embrace it. However, younger generations of LGBT people have reclaimed the word as a proud label for their identity.

Questioning
The process of considering one’s own sexual orientation or gender identity. Usually, an individual is considering an identity that is not heterosexual or not cisgender.


Gender Identity

Androgynous
A gender expression that expresses both masculine and feminine traits.

Cisgender
Refers to people whose sex and gender are congruent by predominant cultural standards: women who have female bodies, men who have male bodies.  This term was created to challenge the privileging of such people relative to those who are transgender.

FTM
Female to Male.

Gender Queer (or Genderqueer)
A person who redefines or plays with gender, or who refuses gender altogether. A label for people who bend/break the rules of gender and blur the boundaries.

Gender-variant / Gender non-conforming
Displaying gender traits that are not normatively associated with a person’s biological sex. “Feminine” behavior or appearance in a male is gender-variant as is “masculine” behavior or appearance in a female. Gender-variant behavior is culturally specific.

MTF
Male to Female.

Transgender
1) An umbrella term for transsexuals, cross-dressers (transvestites), gender queer, and people who identify as neither female nor male and/or as neither a man nor as a woman.  2) Transgender (sometimes shortened to trans or TG) people are those whose psychological self ("gender identity") differs from the social expectations for the physical sex with which they were born. To understand this, one must understand the difference between biological sex, which is one’s body (genitals, chromosomes, etc.), and social gender, which refers to levels of masculinity and femininity.

Transfeminine
A person whose femininity or female identity is not universally considered valid. Often used to talk about a wider range of how a person might identify gender and would cover a spectrum of transwomen, as well as genderqueer people, and people with non-binary genders whose femininity or female-ness is being denied.

Transman
A birth sex female person whose gender identity is somewhere along a masculine continuum.

Transmasculine
A person whose masculinity or male identity is not universally considered valid. Often used to talk about a wider range of how a person might identify gender and would cover a spectrum of transmen, as well as genderqueers, and people with non-binary genders whose masculinity or male-ness is being denied.

Transwoman
A birth sex male person whose gender identity is somewhere along a feminine continuum.

Two Spirit
A contemporary term that references historical multiple-gender traditions in many Native and indigenous cultures. Many Native/indigenous people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, or gender non-conforming identify as Two-Spirit; in many Nations, being Two-Spirit carries both great respect and additional commitments and responsibilities to one’s community.