Smith College Rejects Transgender Applicant Because ‘Male’ Is Checked Off
Smith is a private woman’s college in Massachusetts.
[Smith] rejected Calliope Wong, a male-to-female transgender applicant because a government financial aid document registers Wong as male.
Wong posted the rejection letter to her Tumblr blog.
“Smith is a women’s college, which means that undergraduate applicants to Smith must be female at the time of admission,” the rejection letter, signed by the Dean of Admission, Debra Shaver, reads. “Your FAFSA indicates your gender as male. Therefore, Smith cannot process your application.”
The issue has gone viral on social media.
Members of Smith College varsity crew team, Smith alumni and students at other colleges pose with signs saying “Trans Women belong at Smith” on Facebook.