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Transgender student fights Miami University

POSTED: Sunday, March 25, 2012 - 10:00am

UPDATED: Sunday, March 25, 2012 - 10:04am

In just about every way, Kaeden Kass is a typical college guy. But his birth certificate identifies him as a female.

"Although it doesn't match with what I've been told based on my birth certificate and that, it's my identity, it's what I feel and I can't fight it," said Kass.

The Miami University student is fighting school officials for not allowing him to serve as a resident assistant in an all-male residence hall.

Instead, he was offered a position in a suite living with female students.

"The problem is, I'm a male-identified person, and as soon as I'm in a space that is all female, my identity gets erased," Kass said.

He has filed a complaint against the dean of students and the university council.

A university spokeswoman said a privacy act forbids her from discussing the case, but she said the university does address the needs of transgender students.

"The university does offer gender-neutral housing for those students who feel more comfortable living with students of a different biological gender," said spokeswoman Claire Wagner.

She said three students were approved this year to live in those suites, but Kass said that's not acceptable to him.
  

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