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Christian College Won't Allow Transgender Student in Male Dorm

| by Michael Allen

A transgender student, whose name is Jayce, was born a female, but self-identifies as a male and wants to live in the male dorm at George Fox University, a Christian college in Newberg, Ore.

After Jayce was denied housing in the male dorm, Jayce's mother, Janice, started a petition to pressure George Fox University to change its decision, reports InsideHigherEd.com.

The Change.org petition states: “Jayce wants to live with his male friends in on-campus housing next year, but George Fox University recently refused to allow this because Jayce is transgender.”

According to Jayce’s mother, her offspring has "transitioned socially several years ago and has been under the care of a medical doctor, and on testosterone, for over a year to assist with his transition.”

Jayce has also applied for a legal gender change, which would also appear on his driver’s license and Social Security status.

However, George Fox University said in a statement, “George Fox strives to be a Christ-centered community and our residential facilities are single gender because of our theological commitments. The student’s request to switch from female-only on-campus housing to male-only on-campus housing is one that many institutions would struggle with."

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"While the university did not grant his request to live on campus with males, the student was not denied on-campus housing. He was offered the option of an on-campus single apartment with a commitment from Student Life to ensuring he stayed socially connected to the community," added the Christian school.

Sources: GeorgiaFox.edu, Change.org, InsideHigherEd.com