English Catholic-School Transgender Student Wins Right to Wear Dress

It was a happy day for a transgender student who was granted the right to wear a girl’s uniform at her Catholic school. Eighteen-year-old Lily Madigan was sent home from the St. Simon Stock Catholic School in Maidstone, Kent after showing up to school wearing clothing that perfectly matched the school’s girls’ dress code.

“I decided to come in dressed in the girls’ dress code, which basically meant I was wearing a top instead of a shirt,” she said. “It made me feel so happy, until I was sent home.”

Her fellow students, family, and friends petitioned the school, and a solicitor explained that the school was violating the 2010 Equality Act.

The school welcomed Madigan back, allowing her to wear a girl’s uniform and use the ladies’ facilities.

“We value highly the views of all our students, and take all points of view into account as we develop…Transgender is an important issue for us, as for schools up and down the country….As an inclusive, Catholic academy, we are confident that the attention we have given to transgender, including carefully listening to students, has been invaluable in us going even further to make sure all students are happy and comfortable, so that they can be as successful as possible,” the school said in a statement.

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