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Dartmouth College Approves Plan For $3.6 Million LGBTQIA 'Triangle' House


Dartmouth College, an Ivy League institution in Hanover, NH, has approved plans for a multi-million dollar housing complex created specifically for the school's LGBTQIA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendre, Queer/Questioning, Intersex, and Allied) community. The project, referred to as the "triangle" house, will house twenty-seven students and host a variety of college-wide events and activities. Just two years ago, Towleroad reported on a less-than-exciting gay development at the school: homophobic graffiti. Perhaps the "triangle" house will encourage and support more conversation and understanding around campus. 

Campus Reform reports:

The ‘triangle’ house is named after the triangle symbol gay men in Nazi concentration camps were forced to wear during World War II, LGBTQIA adviser Reese Kelley told Dartmouth Now, a school publication.

According to Reese, the three points of the triangle also symbolize “community, knowledge, and action.”


The triangle house will function as a living space and will also host programs on “sex, gender, identity and expression, sexuality, and interpersonal relationships.”

JohnsonThe Dartmouth board of trustees made the official decision, but others are just as excited about what the new housing project could offer the school.

Dartmouth College Dean Charlotte Johnson, told Dartmouth Now she is in full support of the measure.

“By engaging our students outside of the classroom, Living Learning communities such as affinity houses further enhance the core mission of the institution by tying what we learn in the classroom to who we are, what we do, and how we live,”” she said.

The triangle home will be part of Dartmouth’s affinity housing option, which provides students communal living spaces with peers who share a common language, culture, or religion.  Other affinity housing options include a sustainable living center and a gender neutral program.

What do you think of the new "triangle" house? Do you wish you had had a similar housing option in college? And what about the name; is appropriating the pink triangle a meaningful or divisive idea? Share your thoughts below.

Photo via Dartmouth College Offices of Planning and Design and Project Management.

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  1. LGBTQIA... I'm all for inclusiveness, but some people just take it too far.

    Posted by: Jamie | Oct 1, 2013 6:37:56 PM

  2. What is the point of segregated housing?

    Bad idea.

    Posted by: Randy | Oct 1, 2013 6:49:07 PM

  3. how can a building that big only house 27 students? are they each getting a suite of rooms?

    Posted by: anon | Oct 1, 2013 7:01:38 PM

  4. I found it hard to transition at college where I came out. It would have been good for me to know I had that option. Sometimes young people need support from people who actually understand them. It's not like you're forced to live there if you're gay. Presumably it has a community center, meeting rooms, etc.
    Anyway, people self-segregate - they do - and it's not all for negative reasons.

    Posted by: Markt | Oct 1, 2013 7:03:40 PM

  5. Ridiculous. And speaking for me, I'm homosexual. I'm sexually attracted primarily to my gender, although not exclusively, so I suppose I'm bisexual....but mostly homo. I'm not 'trans', or 'inter' sexual (WTF). I don't get my kicks pretending I'm a girl, or dressing up like one. Neither do I have a stereotypical gay 'lifestyle', don't care about musicals, old female (or male) movie stars, lady gaga, Madonna, Katey Perry, cheesy dance or pop 'music'. I don't speak with any gay affectation. I actually enjoy contact team sports. I'm politically neither far left progressive nor fat right 'neocon'. Why would I isolate myself at a prestigious college in a dorm like this?

    And millions of dollars seems like a terrible misplacement of resources for 27 max students.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Oct 1, 2013 7:09:21 PM

  6. Oh Rat, with hard work from a good therapist or encounter group, you can work through your internalized homophobia. I'm sure you will be a happier person in the long run.

    Posted by: RJP | Oct 1, 2013 7:25:38 PM

  7. I was just learning how to say LGBTQ. Phuk !

    Posted by: Stephen | Oct 1, 2013 7:29:59 PM

  8. why is it that anytime anyone identifies as gay without having any stereotypical gay traits they are automatically accused of having internalized homophobia?

    How gay do you have to be and what stereotypical traits must you posses before you are considered "gay enough" to not have internalized homophobia?

    Posted by: anon | Oct 1, 2013 7:33:44 PM

  9. I wouldn't live there. Why miss out on all the
    naked jocks running down the hall on a Saturday night?

    Posted by: Robbie Horn | Oct 1, 2013 7:50:33 PM

  10. ...and why did they seemingly unearth 100 year old renderings for a building being constructed in 2013?

    Posted by: mid city architect | Oct 1, 2013 7:59:32 PM

  11. There will be a new LGBTQIASKRPMOWJ Center coming to Princeton!

    Posted by: will | Oct 1, 2013 8:09:56 PM

  12. The building resembles the house in "Amityville Horror"

    Posted by: JonnyNYNY2FLFL | Oct 1, 2013 8:17:49 PM

  13. Good for Dartmouth. The gay students that Laura Ingraham harassed during her time at Dartmouth would probably have appreciated a safe oasis like that.

    Posted by: Steve A T | Oct 1, 2013 8:23:43 PM

  14. @Mid City Architect.... Many colleges and universities build new structures in the same style as the other existing original buildings on campus to keep a consistent look and feel.

    Posted by: anon | Oct 1, 2013 8:38:27 PM

  15. This a great move by Dartmouth. Most Universities do not have any programs, let alone an affinity housing choice. (Emphasis on choice) Some readers seem to be forgetting that 1/4 of the students are arriving from High School, and this support is needed.

    Posted by: AngelaChanning | Oct 1, 2013 8:46:45 PM

  16. Just to clarify, this is not a new building. They are renovating and expanding an existing structure.

    It will also contain a 2-bedroom apartment for a faculty member/adviser. That apartment plus the "space to accommodate academic programs and social activities" is why this large building will only have beds for 27 students.

    Posted by: alex | Oct 1, 2013 9:00:57 PM

  17. It is despicable that we have allowed gay identity to be warped into this bizarre alphabet soup of nonsense. Why are gay people grouped with "intersexed" aka hermaphrodites and deemed to be better housing mates for them than nongay people? Why are we grouped with heterosexual crossdressers either for the purposes of identity or for housing?

    And why is "ally" given its own letter? It makes no sense because if allies are actually a component of this supposed community, then they would no longer be allies but members. It is like admitting Connecticut to the Union but at the same time calling it an ally of the US. It makes no sense. Which tells you how much thought really goes into this absurd crap.

    Our identity and movement have been hijacked and we have allowed it to happen. This began with the forced linkage of gay, lesbian and bisexual people with "transgender". That is where the problem arose and that is where the solution lies. End LGBT. Every time someone throws that term around as a substitute for gay or LGB, call them on it.

    Posted by: Will | Oct 1, 2013 9:32:08 PM

  18. I would have loved to have this when I was in college. There has always been dorms for lots of specific interest groups: those for athletes, those for engineering majors, those for fine arts majors, etc. People want to be around other people like them. Strength in numbers, etc. That's simple enough to understand.

    Secondly, Dartmouth is traditionally a conservative school and not exactly populated with tons of gay folk. In addition, the campus is in an isolated, rural area with little to no access to gay life.

    Posted by: jonvincent | Oct 1, 2013 9:43:46 PM


    Posted by: Fox | Oct 1, 2013 9:52:52 PM

  20. The University of Louisville is in their second year of the Bayard Rustin LGBT dorm floor that houses 22 students. But good for Dartmouth.

    Posted by: ChristopherM | Oct 1, 2013 10:14:07 PM

  21. Will Dartmouth do the right thing and spend some $ on straight housing?

    Posted by: Cromulent | Oct 1, 2013 10:16:21 PM

  22. If they didn't include the "A" for allied aka 'straights', this would have been ripe for a reverse-discrimination suit. Progressivism does have its uglier side like banning "ladies' night" as it discriminates against men.

    Posted by: Sam | Oct 1, 2013 10:23:27 PM

  23. OK whatever, but why does it have to be a bloated boring retro suburban dream house? What relation does that particular fantasy have to queer identity and history?

    And do any of the future residents feel that some of that money might be better spent for, say, social services for homeless queer kids who've been kicked out by their families, instead of supported and sent to the Ivy League? Or are compassion and a social conscience as retro, in their own way, as this architectural fantasy , only far less fashionable?

    Posted by: Hank | Oct 1, 2013 11:35:27 PM

  24. Speaking on this as someone who has spent most of their life living very close to Dartmouth it is in a rural area that does not have much for gay people. Also the school itself does have some issues with homophobia which I know from speaking to students that attend the college and this project has been in the planning process for about 2 or 3 years. The building is designed to look old so it will fit in with the other dorms and older buildings on campus and maintain their "look".

    Posted by: David | Oct 1, 2013 11:41:58 PM

  25. LGBTQIA? Lol. The purpose of this ridiculous acronym is to make everyone feel included. But in fact it alienates all the 95% of us who are normal, non-radical-leftist gay people who see no reason at all that we should be lumped in with hermaphrodites, cross-dressers, and "queers," whoever they are.

    Posted by: Justin | Oct 1, 2013 11:50:32 PM

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