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Smith College Takes Step Toward Changing Trans Policy

Smith College Takes Step Toward Changing Trans Policy

Following criticism that they were hostile to a prospective transgender student, Massachusetts's Smith College will form a committee to change their policies on trans women.

Following criticism that they were hostile to a prospective transgender student, Massachusetts's Smith College will form a committee to change their policies on trans women.

Over 4,000 signatures from a Change.org petition were recently delivered to Smith officials, blasting the school for refusing to consider Calliope Wong, a young trans woman, for admission. After the signatures were delivered, Smith's Dean of Admissions, Debra Shaver, announced a committee would form to address the needs of prospective trans students to Smith. The committee will begin meeting in September and in the interim, Smith will stop denying admissions for trans girls and women listed as male on their Free Application for Federal Student Aid forms, which is what happened to Wong.

"No young woman should be denied the opportunity to learn simply because of who she is," GLAAD spokesperson Wilson Cruz said in a statement. "That Smith is having this discussion and listening to the community is a positive step, but the school still needs to ensure that no transgender woman is denied the chance to apply."

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