NEWBERG, Ore. (KOIN 6) — A rally was held Saturday at George Fox University to petition for a transgender student’s right to live in the men’s dorms.
“In order to create change, someone has to stand up. I’m willing to do that,” said Jayce, a transgender student at George Fox University.
Jayce has garnered a strong support group, having gained thousands of signatures to support his fight to live in the men’s dorms on the Christian university’s campus.
“I started testosterone last year in May, so I will be almost a year on it. I have legally changed my name now. I’m legally [a] male as of Friday,” said Jayce.
However, the fight has not been an easy process.
“Many people ask why I chose George Fox [University]. I chose it because it offers a great liberal arts education and because it is a Christ-centered co
mmunity. I have no intentions to leave George Fox,” said Jayce.
A statement from George Fox University regarding the ongoing issue read in part: “While the university did not grant his request to live on campus wit
h males, the student was not denied on-campus housing. He was offered the option of an on-campus single apartment with a commitment from Student Life to ensuring he stayed socially connected to the community.”
For Jayce, he said his stance is about much more than one room.
I believe and have faith that the LGBTQ and Christ-centered communities can be in harmony. Both sides must learn to be in conversation,” said Jayce.
A spokesperson for the university said the university has researched the student’s attorney’s legal claims and believes they are without merit, especially given the religious nature of the university.