A student in California was banned from a Christian college after administrators revoked her application because she is transgender.
Domaine Javier was hoping to study nursing at the California Baptist University in Riverside, where she was initially accepted onto the course with honours.
However, when college officials discovered her transgender history, her application was revoked, citing ‘committing or attempting to engage in fraud, or concealing identity’ because she had marked her gender as ‘female’.
College officials have also banned her from campus grounds for this reason.
After discovering this, the college dean called Javier into a private meeting, in which she wasn’t allowed to take notes nor have anyone accompanying her. The dean then informed her that as she marked ‘female’ on her application, she had committed fraud as he believed she was ‘concealing her identity’.
The law firm Davis Wright Tremaine have since offered to file a lawsuit against CBU on behalf of Javier, describing the case as ‘enormously significant’.
Paul Southwick from DWT, who decided to take on the case, claims ‘the university breached its contract with Javier, and also violated California’s Unruh Civil Rights Act, which prohibits businesses from discriminating based on gender identity.’
Southwick says: ‘This case stands for the proposition that a religious institution that makes services available to the public and receives public funds can’t discriminate based on religious views.
‘When CBU chose to suspend, exclude, and expel Ms. Javier because of her gender identity, it violated the Unruh Civil Rights Act and must pay her damages for the injuries it caused her.’
CBU have tried to dismiss the case, claiming ‘religious freedom’ to discriminate against LGBT students.
‘First of all, she didn’t commit fraud. Second, that wasn’t their motivation. Their motivation was that they found out they had a transgender student, so they came up with an insulting, hare-brained excuse to expel her.’
Javier was born in the Philippines, where she lived until she was 12 when she moved to California.
She was the focus of a True Life documentary in 2011, where she discussed the difficulties she has faced from being transgender.