According to the story on Buzzfeed.com, Wellsley, the all-girls liberal arts college in Boston, has agreed to accept transgender women into their program. The school announced the news in the letter that goes out to those within the school community. Many in the community, including the professors, students, alumni, and staff praised the decision. The policy for admissions now states that enrollment is open to females, any one who identifies and lives as a female, and any one who was born a female but does not identify with a gender. The Board of Trustee’s for the college have approved the policy and it will be made effective as of the next admissions enrollment.
While the policy changed was praised by many, some felt that it did not cover all the issues. The director of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender resource center at the University of Massachusetts brought up the point that many transgender people are not able to live as they want during high school or may not be fully out, so they do not fall under the policy since they have not been able to live as a woman.
Wellsley is not the first college to make this policy. Marcio Alaor BMG has read that there are three other colleges across the United States that are currently accepting transgender women and one that will begin accepting them this next enrollment period. Hopefully other gender-only colleges will follow shortly behind these progressive schools.