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college and university housing. Many participants conveyed experiencing microaggressions, hearing offensive or discriminatory
language, having their pride stickers removed
from their doors, and facing policies that
limited their opportunities for equitable and
safe housing. The conditions perpetuated by
the THI necessarily operate through a binarygendered framework, inherently placing queer
and trans students on the margins as those
who do not fit neatly into gendered boxes
and, therefore, in need of accommodation.
Through the erasure of trans students' experiences, the THI may not even validate the concerns of trans students who experience gender
dysphoria or witness microaggressive hostilities, framing their pursuit of safe housing as a
desire, rather than a need.
Although Amanda's housing staff offered
interpersonal support, her institution's policies still prevented her from equitable access
to campus facilities. As a transgender student,
her options for specific housing were limited,
causing her to pursue off-campus housing:
It's too expensive, I decided. I'm required to
live in a single, as oppose to a double or a
triple, because of being transgender...It's way
too expensive, I've been working all semester
long and I'm down to one or two hundred
dollars. Every dollar is practically spent on
housing for next semester.
This barrier represents a consistent error in
practice where institutions often isolate and
penalize transgender students in their pursuit
of housing accommodations (Kortegast, 2017;
Nicolazzo et al., 2018; Pryor et al. 2016). Although the housing staff offered her interpersonal support, her need for safe and affordable
housing was not met. The THI operates here
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as a tool that economically situates transgender students as not needing accommodation,
but more as a pursuit of luxury. As college
and university housing practitioners seek to
implement more gender-inclusive housing opportunities, they must consider the economic
impact on already economically vulnerable
populations. One opportunity for centering
transgender and gender non-conforming communities requires practitioners to not only
disrupt binaristic practices but to ensure that
fiscal decisions are socially just in awareness
of the communities' needs.
Amanda also noted her initial challenge of
restroom use. Upon beginning her medical
transition, she noted only having accommodations that continued to uphold the gender
binary; that is, the existence of male-only
and female-only residence hall and restroom
spaces. Although housing staff noted that students could use the restroom of their expressed
gender, her expressed gender was not read
as normatively female or normatively male.
When discussing housing facilities, she noted:
There are not any unisex restrooms; they are
gendered. I'm using the female restroom,
because I wasn't going to use the men's
restroom and because on the door it said,
"use the restroom of your expressed gender,"
I talked to [university housing] before I used
the restroom just to make sure it was all right,
and it was.
Amanda noted how simply having male and
female restrooms with inclusive signage does
little to address the needs, comfort, and safety
of trans students. Indeed, many trans students
identify outside of either male or female, and
some binary trans students do not fit into normative expectations for male or female bodies,

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