The University of Limerick has, in a move to make their students feel safer on and off campus, announced the launch of a new student accommodation platform focused on the LGBT+ students and allies.
The on-site accommodation will provide the college’s LGBT community with the opportunity to meet like-minded people and offer support through networking and friendships.
For many young lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and intersex people getting ready to start University, this initiative will drastically reduce any fears about homophobic bullying or harassment should they be assigned accommodation in a house with people who may not accept them.
Despite having made huge steps toward equality in recent years, homophobia is still an issue in Ireland and beyond, and the fears young queer people may have are not unfounded.
Some have been quick to attack the initiative, claiming it is backward segregation, but an LGBT student can apply for the Rainbow Housing only if they choose to—there are six other college residences near the University campus all up for grabs.
The Rainbow Housing is also open for heterosexual friends and allies. When viewed in this way, it is apparent that this initiative simply provides extra support for a community who are often victimized.
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