By Emma O’Neill, Alix Jain, and Amy M. O’DonnellThe Miami University of Michigan students’ march on campus in front of the Langston Hughes Library on Friday evening.
Students from Miami University, Langston High School, and Radford University protested on Friday against gender-based discrimination in the University of Florida.
The student leaders demanded a “zero tolerance” policy for gender-biased discrimination in higher education and university programs, as well as that students receive equal access to “safe spaces,” and that all students be given access to academic and athletic programs.
The students said they plan to host a second march Saturday in front the university’s new football stadium, with more than 100 students expected to participate.
The protest comes after Miami University announced a $3 million gift to support student activism in response to gender-specific issues and the university administration’s decision to end a $6 million pledge to support LGBT rights.
The rally is the first protest for a major university in the city, which is located in the state of Florida’s Miami-Dade County.
The University of the Sunshine State has the largest number of transgender students at over 3,000, according to the Miami Herald.