Thousands of people are calling on Smith College to end the school's policy that unfairly rejects the admission applications of some trans women.
In March, Smith denied admission to Calliope Wong because the gender marker on her FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Financial Aid) form did not match her stated gender identity. Despite Smith's reputation for being LGBTQ-friendly, this policy turns a blind eye to the many complications and challenges trans people – especially youth – can face when attempting to correct gender markers on various personal identification documents.
In response to Calliope's rejection, the student group Smith Q&A launched a social media campaign garnering support from Smith students, alumni, and supporters demanding a change in the admission policy and declaring that trans women belong at Smith College. Thousands have already added their voice of support for women like Calliope.
"Thousands of Smith's supporters are telling the school that it needs to end its policy of refusing to consider the applications of women whom they decide aren't 'woman enough' based on inconsistent documents," said GLAAD spokesperson Wilson Cruz. "Smith is setting a poor example to all of its students by not even accepting the applications of women like Calliope."
GLAAD applauds institutions like the Girl Scouts of America, which admits all young women into its program regardless of gender identity. GLAAD and Smith Q&A urge Smith administrators to listen to the voices of the school's many students, graduates and supporters who are demanding an end to its discriminatory policy.
GLAAD will continue working with Calliope and Smith Q&A to raise awareness about the need for Smith to change its policy and become a safe and welcoming space for all women.