Like racists in the Old South enforcing Jim Crow laws, LGBT activists want to be segregated from straight people.
The Daily Mail reports students across England are campaigning for segregated housing so they can live without fear of “victimization as well as homophobia, biphobia and transphobia from flatmates.”
Other schools are also pushing for separate accommodations for LGBTers, including the University of Central Lancashire.
The move arrives after Obama ordered schools in the United States to allow transgender students to use toilets they say matches their sexual preference or “reassignment.” Attorney General Loretta Lynch said schools that do not comply with the order will face lawsuits and loss of federal funding.
More than 200 schools in the US have “trans policies” in regard to student housing.
Last year at the University of Oklahoma, students agreed to a “separate-but-equal” student lounge after a center for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students was turned down.
In Arizona in 2012, a new school—called “Q High”—was created specifically for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students. There are also segregated schools in New York and Wisconsin.
The CDC encourages schools to provide special services for LGBTQ youth, including “safe spaces” such as designated classrooms and counselors’ offices where LGBTQ youth can receive support from administrators, teachers, or other school staff, according to Huffington Post.
The federal government also suggests the creation of student-led and student-organized school clubs for gay students “that promote a safe, welcoming, and accepting school environment (e.g., gay-straight alliances, which are school clubs open to youth of all sexual orientations).”
The activist at Birmingham University, however, say segregated housing is only a first step. They are determined to work for societal change and complete acceptance of gay and trans people.
“We’re working towards a world where everyone can be accepted without exception, wherever they live, work, shop and pray,” a spokesperson for the LGBT charity Stonewall told The Guardian.
“These initiatives may address the problems that LGBT people face in the short-term. However, ensuring that everyone is free to be themselves in whatever context isn’t just about creating specific safe spaces. It’s about creating a culture that is inclusive and accepting.”