Gender-neutral dorm at UMW in Fredericksburg is unique

Monday, February 10, 2014

Madison Hall sits unassumingly off the University of Mary Washington’s campus walk, behind a shroud of trees.

The dormitory forms a tri-unit with upperclassmen all-female dorm Ball Hall and Madison’s mirror-image, the coed Custis Hall.

But the residents of Madison Hall don’t make those gendered distinctions about their hall-mates. The dorm is home to UMW’s gender-neutral living community—the only one at a public college in Virginia.

They are residents such as Kaitlin Bosch, who simply goes by “Bosch” on campus. Bosch identifies as gender-fluid and prefers the “they” pronoun to being called “he” or “she” in conversation.

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