Transgender student fights Miami University
POSTED: Sunday, March 25, 2012 - 11:00am
UPDATED: Sunday, March 25, 2012 - 11:04am
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — 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.