OR residents march for transgender student banned from college dorm

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Monday, April 14, 2014 - 9:28am

A transgender student says his university is discriminating against him.

He’s pushing for the right to live in the all-male student housing, but he isn't alone in that fight.

Supporters carry 14 empty boxes, but each one represents one-thousand signatures collected in support of a transgender student named, Jayce.

"I'm proud to see this. I never would have imagined seeing so many supportive people in this community. I am speechless," Jade Miller told CNN affiliate KATU-TV, who marched in support of Jayce.

About 50 of his supporters, including many who've never even met him marched to campus, so they could hand-deliver the boxes to George Fox University hoping to send a message to administrators.

Eight days ago, Jayce and his attorney filed a formal complaint with the department of education, alleging the Christian university is violating the title nine equal treatment of sexes at educational institutions that receive federal money by not allowing him to live in all-male apartment-style student housing.

The transgender student has kept quiet until today.

"It's been great: the amount of people that have signed my petition and the amount of people that have messaged me over Facebook and emailed me showing support and standing behind me is really great. It lifts me up when I have a bad day," Jayce said.

The sophomore first applied to George Fox as a female but says he's completed his social and physical transition to male.

He says he's changed his legal gender status with the state and has the right to live with his male friends on campus.

"The administrators should choose to not do harm and a loving step and to inclusion," said Newberg resident Harmony Van Eaton agrees and even decided to bring her to young kids along for the march.

"When we told them why we brought them out, they they both got little tears and were chocked up and said that's sad they are making somebody feel bad. They are making somebody feel left out, so they wanted to come out in support, too," Van Eaton said.

And Jayce says it's that type of support that helps keep him going.

"but I do believe that I have the right, as any other male, to live on campus with males, so I am going to fight for that," Jayce said.

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