The President of University of Manila (UoM), Emily Dodson de Leon, Ed. D, has instructed at least two students to strip in front of the school nurse, show their genitalia and be photographed while completely naked.
One of the students refused to undergo such harassment and dropped out of school but the other student complied with the president’s verbal mandate.
Previously, in practice, the UoM gave students the freedom to choose which uniform they prefer to wear. However, recently, the school has chosen to implement a student handbook provision that states male students must wear the male uniform and female students must wear the female uniform. This led to the instruction of the school president that transgender students must undergo a genital examination to be conducted by the school nurse to prove that they have undergone sexual reassignment surgery if they are to wear the uniform that matches their gender identity. Ergo, a transgender woman studying in the UoM must strip in front of the school nurse for the nurse to determine if she has had a vaginoplasty, and have herself photographed while completely naked in order to be allowed to wear the female uniform. Likewise, a transgender man must prove that he has undergone a phalloplasty or metoidioplasty, and have himself photographed while completely naked before he is allowed to wear the male uniform.
This is not an isolated case. School authorities tend to abuse their position to put LGBT students in cruel and unusual situations that undermine their dignity, and right to privacy. Transgender students all over the world have struggled for their right to self-identify and acknowledgement of this self-identification in the form of trans-friendly policies.
Transgender adjective :of, relating to, or being a person whose gender identity differs from the sex the person was assigned at birth Transgender Man :a man who was assigned female at birth Transgender Woman :a woman who was assigned male at birth
We reached out to University of Manila for comment thru their website listed mailing address and e-mail address on September 30, 2017 and October 2, 2017 respectively. As of October 9, 2017 10:54 AM, we have not received any response.
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