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Catholic School Forcing Male Transgender Student to Wear Female Robe at Graduation: VIDEO


An Albuquerque, New Mexico Catholic school is demanding that Damian Garcia, a trans student, wear a girl's gown to graduation. Damian was born Brandi Garcia but identifies as a male, had a name change last year, and is known as Damian to students, teachers, and his parents, but the Superintendent of Saint Pius insists he is a girl and must wear a white robe.

Damian's father is angry about the humiliating treatment, KRQE reports:

“I look at him and I call him my son. That's how he wishes to be acknowledged is as a male,” said father Luis Garcia.

The Saint Pius Superintendent tells KRQE News 13, Saint Pius goes by what the student's birth certificate says if there's any question on what gender-color they wear at graduation.

Says Damian: “I just want to walk in my black robe, nice and proud and have that memory to look back on with my family and friends. I would rather not walk than to embarrass myself by wearing a female robe.”


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  1. If you go to a private school, then you accept their rules as long as they are NOT
    receiving tax payer's money.

    Why in the hell does the Catholic school using color to distinguish gender? We have
    fought gender bias for not only decades but
    CENTURIES. And yet this religion tries
    at every turn to make a distinction. This
    Catholic school does a disservice to ALL

    I got news for you. One can believe
    in God without manmade religion and its
    disasterous affects. Loving God without
    its manmade interpretations.

    Posted by: sherry | May 23, 2013 8:29:15 PM

  2. The school has a point. But I guess the graduation is all about the students, right? So I guess it is better to allow such student to wear the outfit he/she is comfortable with. After all it is his/her graduation and it is his/her reward after all the years of hard work.

    Posted by: denise johnson | Jul 31, 2013 3:05:51 AM

  3. @Keisha Kornbread: The video is part of the article. If you watch the video you will see that it's clear that Damian is still female. For one thing, he may be only 17 years old, or barely 18 at most. That's why they used the term "identifies as" in the article. So, yes, he's "legally female" is that's what you're confused about.

    You would think that for $10,000/yr tuition the school would let him wear whichever color graduation robe he wants. On the other hand, religious schools are exempt from a lot of rules when it comes to anything they consider part of their religious teaching.

    If I were him, I think I would show up in a suit and tie and see if they kicked me out or not. Either way, he'll still get his diploma, they're not about to without that from him, especially after charging his parents $40,000 over the past four years!

    Posted by: Ninong | Aug 4, 2013 2:31:51 AM

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