LGBTQ students get their own dorm floor at UNLV


For the first time in UNLV’s history, students living in the residence halls for the 2017-2018 fall semester had the option to sign up for a LGBTQ-themed floor. Named Stonewall Suites after the Stonewall Riots of 1969, the hall was the brainchild of resident assistant Sawyer Spackman, who spent last semester working up a proposal, with help from Residential Life Coordinator Andrew Lignelli. The floor is UNLV’s first gender-inclusive living environment, meaning those residents “may have roommates of a different gender than themselves,” Lignelli says. All 36 residencies are currently filled—another first for UNLV’s special-interest housing halls—and there’s currently a waiting list in case rooms become available. Lignelli says having Stonewall as an option has been especially positive for non-binary and trans students. “Housing placements can cause a lot of stress, so for these students it’s a positive place where they can be their authentic selves.”

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