Monday, May 20, 2013

Protestors Plead With Saint Pius High School To Allow Graduating Transgender Student Damian Garcia To Wear Black Cap And Gown Worn By Male Students

Protest to support transgender student

An update on a story I have been following: In Albuquerque, New Mexico, protestors picketed Monday in support of a transgender high school student and the fight over what color of cap and gown he will be allowed to wear at graduation. The ceremony is now just two days away. There have been about 25 protestors throughout Monday morning asking school officials to allow Damian Garcia wear the black cap and gown worn by male students. Protestors started gathering at 7:00 am Monday morning along Coors and Saint Joseph’s holding signs and encouraging drivers to honk their car horns in support. Damian, the high school senior at the center of the controversy, was also with protestors trying to deliver the message to school officials. The issue came to light recently when Damian made the request to wear the colors worn by boys for graduation and was told to wear the colors for girls because Damian's birth certificate still indicates Damian is a girl. Garcia's family has also reached out to legislative leaders for support. “He’s a responsible young man and he doesn't want to stand out he just wants to be recognized for who he is and that's a young man,” Damian’s uncle, Juan Lopez, said. KRQE News 13 called the school Monday for an update on their final decision and to see if the protest or online petitions are having any impact, but still have not heard back from them. Graduation is scheduled for this Wednesday at 10:00 am. The Garcia family has told KRQE News 13 they will respect the school's decision no matter what the outcome may be.

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