Women's College Rejects Transgender for Being 'Male'
Smith turns down Calliope Wong because home state considers her a boy
By Mark Russell, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 22, 2013 11:55 AM CDT
A transgender applicant to Smith College has been rejected because her federal financial aid form labeled her as male.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – A transgender student had her application to Smith College rejected because a government financial aid form indicated she was a "he," reports USA Today. Calliope Wong, who was born male but has identified as female for years, got this letter in reply to her application:

  • "Smith is a women's college, which means that undergraduate applicants to Smith must be female at the time of admission. ... Your FAFSA indicates your gender as male. Therefore, Smith cannot process your application."

"I cried the day my papers came back. I still feel like crying," wrote Wong on her blog, and Facebook and Tumblr campaigns supporting her quickly followed. Both Connecticut, where Wong lives, and Massachusetts, where Smith is located, don't recognize a change in gender without a court order or surgeon's letter to prove that a person's sex has been changed surgically. However full vaginoplasty (feminizing genital surgery) generally isn't an option when someone is just 17 or 18, says Wong. She tells the Huffington Post that she will not appeal the ruling but hopes to keep the issue alive for future applicants. Click for more.

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GarfieldTheCat
Mar 23, 2013 8:01 PM CDT
There was a man on CNN who had a beard and a masculine voice who said that in his state he would be arrested if he went into a woman's rest room to pee because he obviously looked like a man. He would also be arrested if he went into a men's room to pee because his birth certificate shows that he is female. The solution is to have 3 rooms. One for men, one for women and one for anyone who wants to go into that room. The other alternative is to do what most other countries do. One room for both sexes.
9SEABEE
Mar 23, 2013 4:05 PM CDT
If you have a pole, you're male If you have a hole, you're female. This person was just born with the Wong part. Until you have the operation, you are what you were born with. I drive a Mustang, but I've always driven it like a Corvette. So what am I driving? Stupid people.
plain_speaking
Mar 23, 2013 10:02 AM CDT
Where is the line...I certainly don't know....the sex at your birth...what sex you identify with...the sex your hormones indicate (whether naturally or via pills)....pre-surgery...post surgery....what is says on your birth certificate....or financial aid form.....I can't decide where to draw the line...maybe we should figure away to integrate instead of segregate