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US all-female college welcomes trans students

In a victory for transgender equality, Mills College in California will be the first single-sex college in the US to change their admissions policy to allow transgender students to enrol
In a victory for transgender equality, Mills College in California will be the first single-sex college in the US to change their admissions policy to allow transgender students to enrol
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An all-female college in the US has made history by changing their admissions policy to allow female transgender students on their courses.

Mills College in Oakland, California is a 162-year-old institution for female students only.

It is one of the 119 single-sex colleges in the US, but the first to adopt a brand new admissions policy to include transgender students and students who do not identify with their gender assigned at birth.

Mills College said of every 1,000 students they admit each year, three to five of them identify as transgender.

The move has been applauded by students, staff and equality groups.

Mills' president Alecia A. DeCoudreaux said: ‘We were the first women’s college west of the Rockies. We were the first women’s college to have a computer science program. This is just another in many firsts.’

Mills senior student Tess Fillbeck-Bates told CBS San Francisco she agreed with the new policy.

‘When people can be authentically who they are — that’s who Mills is.’

A fan of the new policy on Twitter, tweeted a image of the new policy.

‘Applicants ‘‘not assigned to the female sex at birth’’ but who self-identify as women are welcome’ read the statement.

The new policy will take effect from 1 September, and the cohort of students who will see the change will start in the spring semester of 2015.
 

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