A transgender thanked and even praised a Jesuit father president for allowing her to wear women’s clothes on her graduation day.
Transwoman Roman Giuseppe ‘Emma’ Bueno shared how touched she was when her identity was recognized by no less than a Jesuit priest.
Bueno shared on Twitter that a teacher reminded her that she’s supposed to wear men’s clothing for their Baccalaureate Mass and graduation ceremony. She went on to seek permission from Ateneo de Naga University President Father Roberto Rivera, SJ.
Bueno tweeted a photo of the letter that she sent to Father Rivera that stated, “One of the graduation committee professors told me that crossdressing 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.”
“I would like to appeal to your good office to allow me to dress as a woman… as I recognize myself as one. Personally, wearing clothes for male is the act that would make me feel like I am crossdressing,” she added.
Her request was granted and much to her surprise, Father President even added a short message of congratulations. Father Rivera wrote, “Pls. present this if your clothing is questioned. Congratulations!”
Bueno was indeed overwhelmed with the priest’s response. She tweeted, “I stan a progressive Father President.”
After her post became viral, Bueno urged other trans people to fight for their rights. She told ABS-CBN, “I know how it feels like being oppressed for being different.”
“They should continuously strive for equal rights and tackle repressive policies head on. Always remember that you are valid,” Bueno added.