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Trans student receives best response after asking to wear dress to graduation

Trans student receives best response after asking to wear dress to graduation

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The president of a college in the Philippines wrote to a trans student to tell her she had his enthusiastic permission to wear female-presenting clothes to her graduation.

One of the graduation committee professors at Ateneo de Naga University, a Jesuit college in Bicol, told Emma Beuno cross-dressing is not allowed during her Bacalaureate Mass and Graduation Ceremony.

Distressed by the comments, Beuno wrote to the president.

In the letter, shared on Twitter, Beuno wrote: ‘Personally, wearing clothes for male is the act that would make me feel [sic.] like that I am crossdressing.

‘In addition, I’m already transitioning physically and emotionally to gender that  feel and recognize as what really I am through medication with prescription for almost 2 years.

‘I have gained the support of my parents, relative, friends, peers and the Ateneo community itself ever since I started transitioning.’


The president, Fr. Roberto Exequiel Rivera, stamped his ‘approved’ stamp on the letter.

He also wrote: ‘Pls. present this letter if your clothing is questioned. Congratulations!’

Bueno was ecstatic with the response. She posted a photo of the letter on Twitter.

‘One of my transphobic/homophobic teacher called the attention of the graduation committee questioning my way of wearing female clothes for the baccalaureate mass and graduation day.

‘So I wrote a letter personally to the Father President and his response made me emotional.’

Emma Beuno’s graduation day is 23 March 2019 and she wore a spectacular red dress. Congratulations Emma!

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