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KRQE
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May 16, 2013

A Saint Pius senior was born a girl, but refuses to go graduate in a girl's gown.

The Catholic school says too bad.

At the Saint Pius High School graduation ceremony, the girls wear white gowns and the boys wear black.

It is school policy and Saint Pius insists Damian is a girl.

“I just want to walk in my black robe, nice and proud and have that memory to look back on with my family and friends,” said Damian Garcia. “I would rather not walk than to embarrass myself by wearing a female robe.”

Damian Garcia was born Brandi Garcia, but identifies as a male even having a legal name-change last year.