Sheffield University is to launch LGBT-only accommodation

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The option will be available from September 2018 for new students, after the Student Union’s LGBT committee collected personal experiences from LGBT students who said they would feel much safer and much more comfortable if they are not accommodated with those who could potentially abuse them for being LGBT. Among straight fellow students they often hide their sexuality not to be abused. But there will be no such necessity if other people in their surrounding are also LGBT. Celeste Jones, the Students’ Union Women’s Officer, said on Tuesday that they are not planning to separate LGBT students from their counterparts forcefully or divide accommodations by sexuality. But if students want to be accommodated in the LGBT-only area they can file a request and it will be satisfied. Several students and alumni of the university welcomed the move, while other social media users slammed the decision

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