Transgender Woman Petitions An All Girls College After Rejection

Sadly in this day and age, one of the most neglected members in both our society (and if we’re truly honest the problem extends within the LGBT community itself) is of transgendered men and women. Another alleged case of a woman being discriminated against because at one time her biology did not reflect the person that she truly is may be the reason that she wasn’t accepted into Smith College. Here’s more:

Calliope Wong, a transgender woman who was rejected as an applicant to Smith College, is preparing to deliver a petition with 4,000 signatures on May 2.

Together with Smith College’s gender and sexuality advocacy organization Q&A, Wong will deliver the petition to the university’s college admission’s office, as Mass Live notes.

As The Advocate points out, the private Massachusetts university usually welcomes transgender students with the requirement of them legally identifying as female at the time of admission. But Wong was rejected from the school because her Free Application For Student Aid (FAFSA) identified the Connecticut student as male, according to Smith College’s Dean of Admission Debra Shaver.

On March 25, Wong joined HuffPost Live to discuss the rejection.

“I wanted to apply to Smith College because I saw it as an iron woman school. A school that empowered women, that was conducive to an independent thinking and strong women,” she said. “I was attracted to the school because I felt that’s exactly what I wanted from my education. To become an independent and strong individual who would be able to stand up for rights.”

Is this incident due to the prejudices of officials or that the paperwork has not caught up with our times? What can we do to address the inequities of federal regulation that do not accurately represent the truly diverse nature of our society? Whatever the case, Wong should not have to pay for the errors in system filing ot the university’s inability to handle the case in a way that reflected the circumstances surrounding this incident. And if it was due to some discrepancy, it should not prevent Wong from getting an education.

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