Transgender student expelled from private Riverside university
A man who identifies himself as a woman said she has been expelled from a nursing program at California Baptist University for appearing on a television program to discuss her gender identity, a local newspaper is reporting.
Domaine Javier, 24, told the Riverside Press-Enterprise she was expelled from the school after appearing on MTV’s "True Life” and declaring that she is biologically male. Javier dresses as a woman and has identified herself as female since childhood.
The show’s episode was called “I’m Passing As Someone I’m Not,” the newspaper reported.
Javier told the paper that she clicked the space next to “female” on the school’s online application form.
“They said, ‘On your application form you put "female," ’ " Javier told the paper. "And I was like, ‘Yeah, that’s how I see myself.’ ”
Javier told the Press-Enterprise she was expelled in August, a week before she was to begin a nursing program. A Cal Baptist spokesman told the paper that the school doesn’t comment on student disciplinary matters.
Javier said she had passed up admission at Cal State San Bernardino University, which as a public university cannot discriminate against transgender students, the paper reported. Cal Baptist, a private university, reportedly awarded Javier a $3,500 academic scholarship.
Javier said she is back at Riverside City College but she cannot enter the nursing program until next fall.
“This totally ruined my career path,” she told the paper. “I’ve been trying to finish as soon as possible.”
-- Sam Quinones
Photo: California Baptist University. Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times