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Buttons handed out at OSU to support transgender students on campus

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Working in tandem with new federal guidelines that require schools to allow transgender students to use the bathroom of their chosen gender, students at Oregon State University are trying to make the whole experience a little easier.

As a way to provide support to transgender students, the Pride Center at OSU has been handing out buttons bearing the hashtag #IllGoWithYou.

By wearing a button, students volunteer to make themselves available to other students to accompany them to a bathroom or any other space they might feel uncomfortable.

“Any time you have a gender-specific space, these spaces can be a site for harassment or discrimination or hostile looks,” said Cindy Konrad, the Pride Center’s Executive Director.

Konrad said the Pride Center provided buttons for the campus’ seven cultural center, which have given away more than a hundred buttons already.

“People wear it on their backpacks or they’ll wear it into class,” said PJ Harris, an OSU Sophomore who has been a driving force behind the campaign.  “For the first time I actually saw it off-campus on a biker’s backpack. That really made me excited.”

According to a spokesman for the university, OSU has 200 gender inclusive bathrooms for students to use.

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