VICTORY: Private High School Changes Anti-Transgender Dress Code

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Damian Garcia, a senior at St. Pius High School, asked to walk in a boys’ black cap and gown for graduation. Damian had legally changed his name and his family, friends, classmates, and teachers all knew him as male, but his school refused to recognize his gender identity—just because his birth certificate reads “female.” That’s why Torrey Moorman and her two sons started a MoveOn Petition to the school’s principal asking that Damian be allowed to walk in a boys’ cap and gown. Nearly 29,000 people signed the petition. While Damian’s school ultimately chose not honor his request for a male robe, his bravery in standing up and the support from this campaign have changed the school’s policy: All future graduates will walk in the same cap and gown, regardless of their gender.

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