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High school principal comes out as trans in letter to parents

‘I am writing to all of you to share some powerful news about me. I am transgender’

High school principal comes out as trans in letter to parents
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Asa C. Sevelius

A high school principal in Brookline, Massachusetts, US, has written a letter to parents in which he comes out as transgender.

Asa Cain Sevelius, principal of Heath School in Chestnut Hill, sent the email out on Wednesday evening.

It began: ‘Dear Heath Community, I am writing to all of you to share some powerful news about me. I am transgender.’

The 45-year-old told the Boston Globe that it was becoming obvious that his appearance was changing and he felt it best to say something.

He says that the decision to transition is a very personal one, but that he recognizes he plays a public role in the community.

Sevelius (known commonly just as AC) grew up in Georgia. He came out as lesbian at college but says ‘he didn’t feel whole.’

He later moved to San Francisco, where he fell in love with a woman from Massachusetts. They later began a family (their kids are now aged 5 and 10).

‘We were making our own family, making a home with two fish and a cat and a lawn I got to mow,’ said Sevelius. ‘But I had these ceaseless waves of dysphoria and I would just shunt them aside. It was this endless feeling of “something else.” What is that other thing that won’t leave me alone?’

Sevelius called staff together to tell them about his decision to come out. He says some were relieved: there had been a rumor that he was leaving and they were pleased to hear that it wasn’t true.

‘Open, courageous, and honest’

One of the first to throw their support behind Sevelius’ letter to families was Superintendent Andrew Bott. He said in a statement:

‘I appreciate and deeply respect Dr. Sevelius. He is being open, courageous, and honest. As he wrote to families, his transition has come after many years, prolonged introspection, and careful and critical conversations with family and close friends.

‘I fully agree with what Dr. Sevelius said in his letter to families – the ability to live life openly and authentically will make him a stronger, more effective school leader.’

H/T: Boston Globe 


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