Neuman Duncan, SUU’s housing director, said the school is not discriminating against transgender students. Instead, it is simply following a policy to ensure the comfort and safety of all students. “He has not transgendered completely so we are unable to assign him men’s housing,” Duncan said. SUU’s housing policy requires that transgender students provide a letter from a doctor that says they have undergone all necessary treatments and hormone therapy has been complete. “Where they’re in the process [of gender transition] I have no place to put them,” he said.
You’re right, Mr. Duncan. SUU is not discriminating against transgendered students. It’s discriminating against lower- and middle-class transgender students, who cannot afford gender reassignment surgery. And that’s to say nothing of transgender students who cannot have surgery for medical reasons, or who choose not to have it because it is incredibly invasive and frequently ineffective, particularly for female-to-male trans people.
We’re still waiting for either the Trib’s or the Deseret Morning News’ editorial boards to take a position on this.