Wellesley College Now Accepting Transgender Women Students
Great news for the trans community! Famous all-women’s school Wellesley College announced today that they will now be accepting transgender students in the next admissions cycle, making the class of 2020 the first trans female students to graduate from the prestigious college. In a recent letter to the community, the school’s president H. Kim Bottomly and Board of Trustees Chairwoman Laura Daignault Gates stated, “Wellesley will admit women who are prepared for a rigorous academic environment that challenges them to achieve at their highest potential.” Of course, this means that trans men are not considered for enrollment, but apparently, if a biologically female student identifies as male while enrolled at the college, they’ll still be allowed to graduate.
Wellesley isn’t the only school that’s now been accepting transgender students however, smaller schools in Massachusetts such as Mount Holyoke and Simmons have changed their policies, as well as Mills College in California.
Not only is this amazing progress for the LGBT community, but it’s also a great advance for women in general. One, because a big school like Wellesley is now giving all women the same opportunities and education, and two (and most importantly), trans women are finally starting to become recognized for what they are: women. And now that a major women’s college has shown open arms for women who were born into the wrong body, it’s very likely that others will follow suit, and it’ll be easier for transgender women to be themselves in a safe, welcoming educational environment.