ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - A transgender high school senior from Albuquerque has received an outpouring of support from around the world after a KRQE News 13 report.
Damian Garcia is a senior at Saint Pius, Garcia was born a girl but is in the process of transitioning to a male. Garcia has already legally had his named changed to Damian.
Saint Pius traditionally has graduating females wear white graduation gowns and the males wear black gowns.
Garcia has not yet had gender reassignment surgery – so his birth certificate still lists him as female. Saint Pius officials say because Garcia's birth certificate says "female" the senior must wear a white gown.
An online petition supporting Garcia was started Thursday and as of Friday afternoon has over 11,000 signatures from around the world. That number is expected to grow through the day.
The petition says that because Garcia's classmates, teachers and family all treat the teen as male – administrators should too.
"I've received a lot of positive response, a couple little boys who saw the story, an 8 and 12 year old, started a "Let Damian Walk" page on Facebook," Garcia told KRQE News 13 Thursday.
The graduation ceremony takes place next Wednesday. Unless the school allows Garcia to wear a black robe like his other male classmates, the senior will skip the ceremony.
Albuquerque Pride , a local gay and lesbian group, has offered to hold a graduation ceremony for Damian.
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