Dormitories at Harvard University are undergoing a $1 billion renewal that will include the construction of gender-neutral bathrooms and showers on each floor.
The new gender-neutral facilities will benefit "anyone who is uncomfortable accessing a gender-specific bathroom," Assistant Dean Emelyn de la Peña told The Harvard Crimson newspaper.
"[They are] "part of our responsibility to create a welcoming environment ... "There's a lot of stuff going on around the country around gender neutral restrooms. We wanted to let our LGBT community know that this is on our radar."
The statement, released last week, garnered praise from leaders of the Ivy League School's Queer Students and Allies group.
The move comes amid the ongoing national controversy over transgender rights.
On Wednesday, officials from 11 states sued the Obama administration,
seeking to a directive from the federal government that public schools should allow transgender students to use the bathroom matching their gender identity. Those schools which don't comply risk losing federal funding.
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