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My story: I've been an outcast at school because I'm transgender | Alex Sennello

There are 4 comments on the The Guardian story from Apr 11, 2013, titled My story: I've been an outcast at school because I'm transgender | Alex Sennello. In it, The Guardian reports that:

The National Center for Transgender Equality found that 41% of transgender respondents had attempted suicide, compared to the national rate of 1.6%. Photograph: John Gress/Reuters When I graduate high school in June, I will receive a diploma signed by a school administration that has marginalized me.

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Since: Jul 08

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#1 Apr 11, 2013
In your piece which I don't disagree with you said

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"Smith College, a women's college where it's estimated that queer students make up a third of the student body, recently rejected a transwoman because her FAFSA said she was born male. " UNQUOTE

This isn't true at all, the reason this person wasn't allowed to attend an ALL girls school is because they HAVEN'T had sex changing surgery and still have male genitalia. Just because one may identify as female and live and dress as a female doesn't make one a female. Had this person already undergone the surgery they would have been able to attend Smith College no problem.

While I agree that the entire education system needs a LGBT overhaul to become more LGBT friendly I think you should get your facts straight before misleading people.

Since: Jan 09

Central NJ

#2 Apr 12, 2013
Great Post, Brandi! Transexual can be used two ways. 1) to indicate a diagnosis (I have been diagnosed as a Transexual!) 2) A person who has had SRS. We usually indicate Pre or Post Op to indicate the status of the person. All the university has to do is include a follow up question to ascertain if the party is pre or post? I can understand why an all girls school wouldn't want a "Pre op" in their midst.
Regards, Terri
Brandi Parker wrote:
In your piece which I don't disagree with you said
QUOTE
"Smith College, a women's college where it's estimated that queer students make up a third of the student body, recently rejected a transwoman because her FAFSA said she was born male. " UNQUOTE
This isn't true at all, the reason this person wasn't allowed to attend an ALL girls school is because they HAVEN'T had sex changing surgery and still have male genitalia. Just because one may identify as female and live and dress as a female doesn't make one a female. Had this person already undergone the surgery they would have been able to attend Smith College no problem.
While I agree that the entire education system needs a LGBT overhaul to become more LGBT friendly I think you should get your facts straight before misleading people.
Beth

Harrogate, UK

#3 Aug 1, 2013
In the UK it is not necessary for a transwoman to have SRS in order to obtain a new birth certificate showing her sex as female. The Equalities Act would require the all girls school not to discriminate against such a person. Parliament felt that requiring a transwoman to have SRS before recognising her gender would pressurize her to have surgery and was an interference with personal autonomy(and the same principle applies for transmen, of course). The Equalities Act does allow some exceptions, but this case is not one.

Since: Jan 09

Central NJ

#4 Aug 1, 2013
I understand. Here, in the US, some states (But not all) will allow an "F" to be placed in the gender block on your license. However, in the more intimate setting of a school, I can understand their reticence. More than one TS has had an a little fling with a cis woman.
Regards, Terri
Beth wrote:
In the UK it is not necessary for a transwoman to have SRS in order to obtain a new birth certificate showing her sex as female. The Equalities Act would require the all girls school not to discriminate against such a person. Parliament felt that requiring a transwoman to have SRS before recognising her gender would pressurize her to have surgery and was an interference with personal autonomy(and the same principle applies for transmen, of course). The Equalities Act does allow some exceptions, but this case is not one.

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