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New Jersey School Backs Down, Allows Transgender Teen To Enroll as a Girl

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Rachel Pepe, a transgender student from New Jersey who we reported earlier this week was refused permission to return to school using her new gender identity, has since had her refusal reversed by school administrators.

Last year, Pepe attended Thorne Middle School in Middletown, New Jersey, but when she tried to register for classes with her new gender identity, the school district said she would have to return using her birth name “Brian.”

Pepe’s mother Angela Peters said at the time that the school failed to engage with her on proposed solutions to the problem.

However, the superintendent of the school district, William O. George, has since announced that he will work with staff to make sure Rachel can attend school in a safe environment. George also said Middletown Township Public Schools staff would undergo LGBT sensitivity training, reports Huffington Post.

"We as a district want to do everything we can as a district," George told the Asbury Park Press. "Every child is different and their education and social and emotional well being is my priority. We will work with them to find the appropriate placement."

Back in April, the Department of Education issued new guidance that made it clear Title IX law protects transgender students from discrimination.

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  1. TERRIFIC

    it's really a staggering thing to comprehend - a young woman, a TEEN, who has the courage to be herself in a world that condemns her for that - and the utter shameful cowardice of the adults who would seek to have their prejudices impact her negatively.

    she stood strong, and kudos to her family for their support, and all those who helped make this "an issue" - because it is an issue.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Aug 21, 2014 12:18:41 PM


  2. lol! the school might have caved to pressure and allowed him to enroll as a girl, but nature never caves. enrolling as a girl doesn't make you one, any more than enrolling as a horse makes you a horse.

    Posted by: Tyler | Aug 21, 2014 12:36:56 PM


  3. So happy for this! But now it is the school's responsibility to ensure that she is not bullied and harassed by the Mexicans who go to that school.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Aug 21, 2014 12:39:51 PM


  4. Congratulations to Brian! Such a brave boy!

    Posted by: Derrick From Philly | Aug 21, 2014 12:44:25 PM


  5. the troll just used three different screen names to make his cowardly bigoted points. must be thursday.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Aug 21, 2014 12:52:38 PM


  6. If he's going to use a girl name and make a big deal about it, why doesn't he at least use a real girl's name? In my entire life and in all my travels, I have never met a girl named Pepe.

    Posted by: Oliver | Aug 21, 2014 1:02:46 PM


  7. Rick, people who post on this site know I'm not transphobic. Again and again, you post under names not associated with transphobia or racism, making it blindingly obvious it's in fact YOU. I thought trolls were supposed to be able to get away with trolling?

    Are you as much of a failure in life as you are with trolling? You sound like one of those couldn't-get-laid ex-gays.

    Posted by: Tyler | Aug 21, 2014 1:05:29 PM


  8. "enrolling as a girl doesn't make you one, any more than enrolling as a horse makes you a horse."

    Rick, why don't you try enrolling as a horse's ass? No one will doubt you.

    This young woman is terribly brave. Kudos to her and her mother. I also wish them the best.

    Posted by: Mike in the Tundra | Aug 21, 2014 1:21:23 PM


  9. @ Little Kiwi,

    thanks for the comment you aimed at that racist, mysogynistic, Transphobic bastard today-- in the discussion about the little boy tortured and murdered in Los Angeles. And you're so right about what causes people to murder little boys who are gender role non-conforming. It's happened TOO many times. It could have happened to me, but my family were decent folks...well, fairly decent folks.

    I'm glad you spoke up. I can't deal with that racist motha' fvcka' today.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Aug 21, 2014 1:26:56 PM


  10. I'm glad those cowards relented but ugh their initial refusal and the national news media spotlight it put on this girl is going to make her school year so much harder than it needed to be. Being trans in school is hard enough without sh!t like this singling you out..

    Posted by: JMC | Aug 21, 2014 1:38:40 PM


  11. Don't really understand this. She wants to enroll as a girl, but she uses a common Mexican name for males. Then there are anti-Mexican comments here by Little Kiwi. Is this whole thing some kind of anti-Mexican prank by Towleroad?

    Posted by: Jack | Aug 21, 2014 1:41:31 PM


  12. Hahaha at trolls who can't tell the difference between a first and last name. If Rachel was reading this I'm sure she'd be laughing too.

    Posted by: JacobWilford | Aug 21, 2014 1:53:01 PM


  13. Hahaha at trolls who can't tell the difference between a first and last name. If Rachel was reading this I'm sure she'd be laughing too.

    Posted by: JacobWilford | Aug 21, 2014 1:53:02 PM


  14. Is he legally a girl now? If not the registration needs to reflect the legal reality.

    Posted by: me | Aug 21, 2014 1:55:28 PM


  15. @JacobWilford,

    You raise a good point. Pepe is this shim's last name, not its first name. But the mother's last name is Peters. How can it have a different last name than its own mother?

    Posted by: Truther | Aug 21, 2014 2:07:37 PM


  16. It's sad that people feel the necesity to troll even in stories about so young people.
    The girl must suffer a lot, it's no easy to be different at that age, and her difference is not something you can hide.
    She is going to face a lot of stupid people, and i'm probably delusional to expect some compassion on a gay site.
    At least this resolved quickly, and hopefully the school will learn something and will make the enviroment safe for her

    By the way, Pepe is her middlename. Being a troll is bad enough, there's no need to be so stupid

    Posted by: jjose712 | Aug 21, 2014 2:08:22 PM


  17. JJose712.... that's what i find so disgusting. here's a brave, utterly courageous TEENAGER in a story...and what do we have in here? a grown adult man, a middle aged closeted man, choosing to use various names to promote HATRED against this brave, courageous, openly-Trans girl.

    pathetic.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Aug 21, 2014 2:13:28 PM


  18. " How can it have a different last name than its own mother?"

    Are you really that dumb? BTW - the words are she and her.

    Posted by: Mike in the Tundra | Aug 21, 2014 2:20:51 PM


  19. Truther is just Rick by another name. The same transphobic by any other name is still just as toxic and putrid.

    Posted by: Tyler | Aug 21, 2014 2:23:58 PM


  20. I am totes opposed to online bullying. Except when I urge gay men and lesbians with whom I disagree to hang themselves, to shoot themselves whilst practicing oral sex on firearms, to kill themselves by asphyxiation, or to kill themselves whilst pleasuring themselves on the graves of their parents.

    As you can see, as I enter middle age, I am a stable, emotionally healthy man. And when I cyber bully, it is OK because I am right.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Aug 21, 2014 2:24:41 PM


  21. Rick, people in glass houses shouldn't throw stones. Or in this case, trolls shouldn't complain about trolling by posting as other commenters.

    Posted by: Tyler | Aug 21, 2014 2:30:14 PM


  22. Excuse me, Mike In the Tundra, but according to Queers United In Power or QUIP, we cisfolk should refer to trans people as it. At least I respect this shim enough to follow the most up-to-date queer rules concerning pronoun usage.

    Posted by: Truther | Aug 21, 2014 2:31:46 PM


  23. Bravo!

    Posted by: Critifur | Aug 21, 2014 2:43:37 PM


  24. well, the truth is i do think this site's anonymous trolling coward should off himself. that's no secret. it's not as if he's contributing anything of worth to the world or to LGBTQ culture. he's a coward who comes here every day to anonymously rail against his betters. which is practically everyone. including the brave young girl in this story.

    teenage girls is openly trans and demands dignity. this site's trolling grown adult coward sits in the darkness promoting hatred against this teenage girl.

    Pathetic.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Aug 21, 2014 2:46:48 PM


  25. @ "Except when I urge gay men and lesbians with whom I disagree to hang themselves, to shoot themselves whilst practicing oral sex on firearms, to kill themselves by asphyxiation"

    It's not just a matter of disagreements on subjects/topics. When your views are cruel then Little Kiwi tells you to perform oral sex on a shut gun--the barrel, of course.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Aug 21, 2014 2:56:51 PM


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