In our latest episode of School Administrators Being Transphobic Jerks, we head west to Albuquerque, NM and Saint Pius High.
Damian Garcia is a senior at the Catholic run high school who transitioned and had a legal name change last year. He is recognized as a male student by his parents, family, fellow students, faculty and teachers.
“I look at him and I call him my son. That's how he wishes to be acknowledged is as a male,” said father Luis Garcia in a KRQE-TV 13 interview. .
But Damian's birth certificate still has the wrong gender code on it despite the name change. The superintendent of the school, reflecting the decade old anti-trans hate injected into the Catholic Church by Dr. Paul McHugh, is seizing on that to force Damian to walk in his graduation in a white robe.
For some reason Saint Pius HS in its graduation ceremony has male students wear black gowns and female students wear white ones. Of course Damian wants to wear the gender appropriate gown for him, the black one.
“I just want to walk in my black robe, nice and proud and have that
memory to look back on with my family and friends,” said Damian.
“I would rather not walk than to embarrass myself by wearing a female
His father agreed with him. “All you want in life is to see your kids happy and healthy. You never
want to see them suffer or being ridiculed or be made fun of,” Luis
Your high school graduation should be one of the happiest times in your young life, and the Saint Pius school superintendent is sapping the joy out of this occasion for Damian by being a transphobic jerk.
Maybe it's time for Saint Pius to consider having everyone wear the same color graduation gown so this doesn't happen again.