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Monday, January 16, 2012

Govan school transgender

Govan school transgender
Govan school transgender.A SCHOOLBOY yesterday claimed he was sent home from class for dressing as a girl.Sixth-former Jamie Love, 17, was left humiliated and in tears after he arrived wearing tights, shorts, hair extensions and make-up – only to be ordered to leave.
Jamie, who asked schoolmates to call him Keirny, says he has been speaking to teachers for months about how he felt trapped in a boy’s body.
He had told them in advance of his plans to attend school dressed as a girl, he added. But on the first day he turned up to Govan High in Glasgow in his new look, he was told to pack up his things and leave.
The teenager, close to tears, said last night: “It took me years to finally open up to someone about my sexuality and now I feel betrayed by the people I trusted.
“I have always felt different but I have never been able to talk about it. They have made me feel like a fool.
“I left the school in tears feeling totally humiliated and embarrassed.”
As fellow pupils began an online petition to campaign for Jamie’s return, the school said he had been expelled because of his lack of commitment to his education, rather than his style of dress.
But while he admits he has had behavioural problems and been disruptive in the past because of his confusion over his sexuality, both he and mum Alison, 45, insist his cross-dressing was the focus of their discussions with the school.
Jamie said: “I turned up at school wearing sensible female clothes – I wore knee-length black shorts, woolly tights, hair extensions just past my shoulder with a school hair band and a blouse and school tie.
“The school knew about it and I had been speaking for months about how I felt trapped in a boy’s body and I felt the need to express myself by dressing as a woman.
“I was very nervous about going to school as a girl but I thought I had the support of the school.
“It was during the first period and a teacher came into the class and asked me to accompany her to the head teacher’s office.
“That was when the two depute heads asked me, ‘What are you trying to do to this school?’
“They told me to get my stuff and not come back.
“I have had girlfriends in the past but it didn’t feel right. I don’t want a girlfriend or boyfriend. I just want to be myself.
“Maybe further down the line I will think about a sex change and hormones but it is too early to make those kind of decisions.
“I am still getting my head round dressing as a woman.”
Jamie – who says he picked the Australian girl’s name Keirny because he “liked the sound of it” – now fears his dream of a career as a hairdresser has been shattered.
He was in the middle of a hairdressing course and had hoped to gain enough qualifications for a place at Central College in Glasgow.
Jamie said: ‘It took me years to finally open up to someone about my sexuality and now I feel betrayed by the people I trusted.
‘I have always felt different but I have never been able to talk about it.
‘I left the school in tears feeling totally humiliated and embarrassed.’
The schoolboy, who is from Govan, in Glasgow, said he told the school in advance of his plans to attend class as a girl - a claim the school denies.
But on the first day he turned up dressed like all of his female friends, he was allegedly told to pack up his things and leave.
Jamie - who likes to wear blonde, brown and blue long hair extensions - said the school knew about his need to express himself as a woman.
He added: ‘I was very nervous about going to school as a girl but I thought I had the support of the school.’
Yet during the first period at school a teacher came into the class and escorted him to the head teacher’s office.
‘The two deputy heads asked me, "What are you trying to do to this school?" They told me to get my stuff and not come back.’
But the school strenuously denies all claims that Jamie was asked to leave school because of his clothing.
Glasgow City Council said Jamie was told to move on because of his lack of commitment to education.
While Jamie admits he has behavioural problems and has been disruptive in the past because of his confusion over his sexuality, both he and his mother Alison, 45, insist his cross-dressing was the focus of their discussions with the school.
He was in the middle of a hairdressing course in the sixth-form at the school and had hoped to gain enough qualifications for a place at Central College in Glasgow.
His mother said: ‘Jamie has done nothing wrong here. He has every right to express himself the way he wants and I will stand by him.’
amie broke the news to his mother only six weeks ago that he wanted to start dressing as a woman.
She said: ‘At first I was horrified and shocked that my only son would want to be a girl but once we had a long talk, I realised that it was something he had to do. He has been bottling it up for years.
‘But I have accepted him for who he is. Why can’t the school?’
His sister Michaela, 19, said: ‘People turn up to school wearing trackies, trainers and polos and they don’t get told to leave.’
A Glasgow City Council spokesman said: ‘Jamie was not expelled and is still on the school roll.
'The suggestion the pupil was told he was not welcome at the school because of his clothing is completely untrue.
‘He did not speak to us about the way he wanted to dress, however, his choice of clothing is not an issue and he was not told it was inappropriate.
‘He was advised on Monday that school was no longer meeting his needs and he should move on, and that staff would continue to support him.
‘However, he appears to want to continue at school.
'It’s therefore important that we put measures in place to accommodate Jamie’s choice of clothing and the school would like to meet him and his mother, along with relevant support agencies, to discuss these and be clear on expectations so he can come back to school in a positive and supportive climate.’

A girl pal posted: “Hope your ok pal! At the end of the day be yourself and who u want to be! Dnt let anyone get u down! Its great what ur doing you’ll inspire other teenagers out there and most people at ur age wudnt have the guts to do it! be your self mr !”

Another classmate said: “Well done jamie.... so proud of you! Your an inspiration to everyone, never mind what anyone else says.
“Not allowed in school for being yourself? they are supposed to encourage people to be themselves not kick them oot! that’s terrible!!”
And another pupil wrote: “He has every right to be who he wants to be and dress the way he wants to dress. Just want Jamie to know he has mine and a lot of other peoples full support and we will fight for him till the end.”




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