NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Old Dominion University is giving gay and lesbian students a new option for living quarters.

Old Dominion says in a news release that it will offer dedicated on-campus housing in the fall for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students and their supporters.

The dedicated housing announced Thursday will be called Lavender House. It will be located in an existing residence hall.

Eighteen students have signed up so far to live in Lavender House.

The university says the Army ROTC also will have dedicated housing in the fall.

Kate Griffin is assistant director of new student and parent programs. She says the university wants to become a leader in diversity in the Southeast.

George Mason University and the University of Richmond also offer dedicated housing for gay and lesbian students.

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