The students contend the options do not protect gay and transgender students from bullying and harassment.
Gay and transgender students are uncomfortable with existing housing arrangements, the petition states, and often fall victim to derogatory remarks and bullying.
A gender-neutral housing option would protect the students from harassment, the petition states.
A 2005 National School Climate Survey referenced in the petition indicates that 40 percent of the students surveyed reported they felt unsafe at school due to their sexual orientation.
“Gender-neutral housing is a crucial step towards ending harassment of LGBT students on campus,” said Axton Nichols, one of the organizer's of Wednesday's rally.