What Could Possibly Go Wrong? Case No. 43,217 Domaine Javier

I’ll admit I’ve put off commenting on this one.

In part because I can already picture the wailing and gnashing of teeth along rending of clothes that my snarkiness will no doubt set off.

The other factor was I couldn’t make up my mind if I should title this:  “What could possibly go wrong?” or “What was she thinking?”

In case you missed the story, in which case you probably are not on the same mailing list/news feeds I am or studiously avoid LGBT/T oriented Blogs you are probably already familiar with the story.

Transgender student expelled from private Riverside university

From The Los Angeles Times:  http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2011/10/transgender-student-expelled-from-private-riverside-university.html

October 29, 2011

A man who identifies himself as a woman said she has been expelled from a nursing program at California Baptist University for appearing on a television program to discuss her gender identity, a local newspaper is reporting.

Domaine Javier, 24, told the Riverside Press-Enterprise she was expelled from the school after appearing on MTV’s “True Life” and declaring that she is biologically male. Javier dresses as a woman and has identified herself as female since childhood.

The show’s episode was called “I’m Passing As Someone I’m Not,” the newspaper reported.

Javier told the paper that she clicked the space next to “female” on the school’s online application form.

“They said, ‘On your application form you put “female,” ’ ” Javier told the paper. “And I was like, ‘Yeah, that’s how I see myself.’ ”

Continue reading at:  http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2011/10/transgender-student-expelled-from-private-riverside-university.html

And yes it is tacky in the extreme for the LA Times, which used to be a real newspaper to describe her as a man. 

But as wait folks there is more to the story.

From the LAist:  http://laist.com/2011/10/29/transgender_woman_expelled_from_california_baptist_university.php

After appearing on MTV’s Reality Show “True Life,” Domaine Javier – a transgender woman – was expelled from her nursing program at California Baptist University (CBU) in Riverside. The 24-year-old student revealed on the show that she is biologically male, inciting a major roadblock in her career path.

The private university claims that Javier was expelled for “committing or attempting to engage in fraud, or concealing identity” and for presenting false or misleading information in university judicial processes, reports The Press-Enterprise. Javier, who has identified herself as a female since she was a toddler, did so on her CBU application form.

“I didn’t do anything wrong,” said Javier. “They said, ‘On your application form you put ‘female.’ And I was like, ‘Yeah, that’s how I see myself.'”

The expulsion became effective on August 30, just one week before Javier was slated to begin the nursing program. She had recently transferred to CBU from Riverside City College (RCC). “Devastated” by her expulsion, Javier returned to RCC but cannot enter the nursing program until next fall. “This totally ruined my career path,” she said. “I’ve been trying to finish as soon as possible.” Her graduation will be delayed by at least one year.

CBU is affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention, which is the most conservative major Baptist denomination. Javier, aware of the university’s religious foundation but unaware of its affiliation, says she “didn’t know they were that extreme.”

Complete article at:  http://laist.com/2011/10/29/transgender_woman_expelled_from_california_baptist_university.php

In one article Domaine Javier said that the application asked for her “gender” so she put female, had it asked for her “sex” she would have put male.

That is fair enough.  It does reflect the problem of substituting gender which is non-synonymous with sex for sex in a question which is really about what set of genitals you have and not about how masculine or feminine you are.

But it also demonstrates the problem of playing post-modern word games with people who have a 14th century Christo-fascist mindset.

The really puzzling aspects of this are as follows.

With dozens of State Colleges and Universities in the greater Los Angeles/Orange County area, all of which have  formal transsexual and transgender friendly non-discrimination policies, why pick one of the few ultra extremist reactionary schools where life is dancing on a razor blade?

If it is a matter of religion…  I tell TS/TG folks as well as LGB folks who are involved in rigid religious cult that hate them for what they thatthey should find another church/religion, something life affirming and LGBT/T friendly.  Like the Unitarians or even Episcopalians is MCC or an LGBT/T church/synagogue isn’t to their liking.

But all that said.

If you are in a situation where you will be thrown out of school, your home, your job and/or suffer some sort of great loss if they find out you are TS/TG then put at least a little effort into controlling that information.

Do not go on MTV’s Real World.  Do not appear on RuPaul’s Drag Race, Logo or Bravo TV.  Do not boast about what you are doing on Facebook.

These are mean and hateful people they will kick you out of school.


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