University president allows transwoman to wear female dress on graduation

Published March 22, 2019, 1:51 PM

by AJ Siytangco

By MB Online

A transwoman student in Naga expressed gratitude to her university’s “Father President” after the latter allowed her to wear female clothes on her gradation.

(Twitter / Emma Bueno / MANILA BULLETIN)
(Twitter / Emma Bueno / MANILA BULLETIN)

Roman Giuseppe “Emma” F. Bueno on Twitter said one of the graduation committee professors questioned her way of dressing which prompted her to write a request letter to Ateneo de Naga University President, Fr. Roberto Exequial N. Rivera, S.J.

“One of the graduation committee professors told me that cross-dressing is not allowed during the Baccalaureate Mass and Graduation Ceremony in spite of the fact that I have been wearing the clothes that reflects my gender identity as a Transgender Woman,” Bueno wrote.

“Personally, wearing clothes for male is the act that would make [me] feel like that I am cross-dressing. In addition, I’m really transitioning physically and emotionally to gender that I feel and recognize as what really I am through medication with prescription for almost 2 years,” she continued.

The graduating Atenean also said her parents, relatives, peers, and the Ateneo community have been supportive through her process of transitioning.

Bueno said Fr. Rivera approved her request and left a message for her which made her “emotional,” adding that she didn’t expect that the university president will respond “positively” to her letter.

“Emma, Please present this letter if your clothing is questioned. Congratulations. Fr. Rivera,” read Fr. Rivera’s message.

Bueno ended her post with a message for Fr. Rivera and the people who have supported her in her journey.

“Words can’t express how grateful and thankful I am for the LOVE and SUPPORT you have given me. Maraming salamat po!!! Abante, Babae! Palaban, Militante!” she wrote.