A transgender student claims his Christian university won’t let him live in an all-male dorm.
“I am a man,” Jayce told KGW. “I deserve to be treated like any other man on campus.”
Jayce’s friends and family already recognize him as male. He is in the process of legally changing his gender on his driver’s license and Social Security card.
In December, Jayce alerted administrators at the Christian school about his wish to live with his male friends.
But university administrators continue to deny the request.
“George Fox strives to be a Christ-centered community and our residential facilities are single gender because of our theological commitments,” the Newberg-based school said in a statement. “The student’s request to switch from female-only on-campus housing to male-only on-campus housing is one that many institutions would struggle with.”
George Fox was founded by Quaker pioneers more than 115 years ago. Quaker theology emphasizes social justice and diversity, but the rights of transgender students are still being debated.
The school is reportedly planning to adopt a new policy that ensures that housing decisions are made soley on biological birth sex.
In the meantime, the university gave Jayce two options for the upcoming school year. He could either live in an off-campus apartment with male roommates, as long as he legally changed his gender and informed his roommates’ parents about his gender change. The other option was to live in a single room on campus, with the university promising to make sure he was still connected to the larger student body.
Source: New York Daily News | CAROL KURUVILLA