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Texas university reconsiders plan for gay student housing

FORT WORTH — Texas Christian University may cancel plans to designate some on-campus apartments for gay students and their supporters.

The DiversCity Q community was to open this fall in a section of the Tom Brown-Pete Wright apartments on campus.

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender students and allies -- heterosexual classmates who support them -- would have had the chance to live together. Eight students had committed to the community so far, said TCU sophomore Shelly Newkirk, who applied to create the program.

TCU was also planning to open two Christian-based living communities, another for fine arts and three other themed housing arrangements under its living-learning communities program.

But the university announced Monday that it will now "review" requests for any new living-learning communities.

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