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Trinity Catholic College Lismore transgender boys’ uniform

A Catholic college has allowed two male transgender students to wear the boys’ uniform, use unisex toilets, and change their names on the official school roll.

Trinity Catholic College principal John Hilet made the announcement last Friday after the two students confided in him, saying they identified as male and no longer wanted to wear the skirt or tunic.

‘The students were hoping to wear a more appropriate uniform and felt very uncomfortable in it. One indicated she felt physically unwell getting dressed,’ Principal Hilet told The Daily Telegraph. 

‘The students were hoping to wear a more appropriate uniform and felt very uncomfortable in it. One indicated she felt physically unwell getting dressed,’ Principal Hilet said 

The two students at the Lismore school, in northeastern NSW, wore the male uniform to school for the first time on Monday, after Principal Hilet issued a letter to parents informing them of the update.

‘During the past two weeks I have had the privilege of being taken into the confidence of two students who have been struggling with gender identity issues. Both identify as male despite being born female,’ he said.

‘I use the word privilege because it has taken great trust on their behalf and faith… as both were not certain as to how this would be received.

‘The students were seeking permission to wear a uniform that was more appropriate to their gender.’ 

The two students at the Lismore school, in northeastern New South Wales, (pictured) wore the boys' uniform to school for the first time on Monday

The two students at the Lismore school, in northeastern New South Wales, (pictured) wore the boys’ uniform to school for the first time on Monday

Principal Hilet sent a letter to parents to inform them of the two students' wishes and to ask for acceptance 

Principal Hilet sent a letter to parents to inform them of the two students’ wishes and to ask for acceptance 

Mr Hilet said the school supported the students’ wishes, and granted them permission to wear what they wanted.

He also said it prompted him to consider a ‘gender neutral uniform’ for all students.

‘One issue this situation has clearly raised is the lack of a more gender neutral uniform option for College… we will be investigating this in the near future,’ he said.

In the letter sent out to parents, Mr Hilet asked for acceptance on behalf of the transgender children.  

‘I will address the other students at the usual Monday morning assembly about difference and will point out that it is essential as a Catholic community we offer our full support to the students,’ he said. 

‘And that any comments seen as targeting or bullying these students will not be tolerated.

‘I ask that you also support these students in any conversations you might have with your children.’

Cranbrook School in Bellevue Hill, NSW, (pictured) announced in February this year one of its students was transitioning into a female and would graduate school under a new name

Cranbrook School in Bellevue Hill, NSW, (pictured) announced in February this year one of its students was transitioning into a female and would graduate school under a new name

Mr Hilet said the letter received a mixed response. While most messages were positive, he said some were not.

He said one Lismore local said the news made them consider taking their child out of the school. 

The news comes after a student at a prestigious all-boys high school announced they would finished their Year 12 studies as a female. 

Cranbrook School in Bellevue Hill, NSW, announced in February this year one of its students was transitioning into a female and would graduate school under a new name.

‘We believe our prime responsibility as a school is to protect, uphold and enhance the safety, happiness, health and prospects of students under our care. This guides all we do,’ the school said.

'We believe our prime responsibility as a school is to protect, uphold and enhance the safety, happiness, health and prospects of students under our care. This guides all we do,' Cranbrook School said 

‘We believe our prime responsibility as a school is to protect, uphold and enhance the safety, happiness, health and prospects of students under our care. This guides all we do,’ Cranbrook School said 

 

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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