A trans girl has been barred from attending her Catholic school in Omaha, Nebraska, after officials objected to her wearing girls’ clothes.
The eight-year-old, who has not been named, was prohibited from transitioning at St Wenceslaus school.
“The child is welcomed to come, but it would not be acceptable to change the child’s gender and present as a girl,” said Omaha Archdiocese’s Chancellor, the Rev Joseph Taphorn.
Taphorn added that as the girl had already attended the school for three years as a boy, her new appearance as a girl would not help foster a good learning environment for other pupils.
The girl has been supported by her parents, who have decided she must live openly as a girl, rather than being forced to dress as a boy for school.
Speaking to WPTZ.com, the girl’s mother, a devout Catholic, said: “She’s been a girl since the beginning, everything about her, the way she dances and skips around and the things she’s attracted to. It’s more than toys and clothes.”
“One night, she said, ‘Every night when I go to bed, I pray my inside will match my outside. But it never happens,’” she added.
The girl will now attend a public school in the autumn where she will be permitted to dress as a girl.