A transgender student will be allowed to stay at private boys’ school after announcing she now identifies as female.
The school says it supports her decision to come out to her classmates and also to the wider school community.
It also says it looks forward to championing her as she completes her Year 12 studies.
Transgender student allowed to stay at private boys’ school
The teenager attends Xavier College, an all boys Catholic school located at Kew in Melbourne’s affluent inner-east.
It offers education to both girls and boys until Year 4 and boys only up to Year 12, costing parents up to $29,000 a year.
School principal William Doherty wrote to parents this week.
He told them that staff supported the student’s decision to come out to her peers.
Doherty acknowledged that gender issues prompt a range of different opinions.
However, he said the school’s aim is to respect “the dignity of each and every unique person”.
“After an extensive period of personal discernment, specialist advice and counselling, we note that a Year 12 student has today announced to the Xavier community her identity as female.
“We welcome the opportunity of companioning her through this emotional and challenging time in her life, through her remaining at the College and into her life beyond at Xavier.”
The letter is co-signed by the school’s Jesuit priest Father Chris Middleton.
The college sent it to parents after telling students about the decision earlier in the day.
Mr Doherty has declined media requests for further comment.
Welcome relief from current war on trans community
Human Rights law expert Miles Heffernan praised the school’s decision not to discriminate on the basis of gender identity.
“Too often lately, we see an all-out war on the transgender community, including on trans school children,” he said.
“What a breath of fresh air to see a Catholic school not just talk the talk, but also walk the walk when it comes to treating people with dignity and respect.
“The Jesuits have always been leaders when it comes to social justice.
“Xavier College deserves to be applauded for supporting this student as she finishes Year 12.”
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