After completing her core classes at Riverside City College, 24-year-old Domaine Javier transferred to California Baptist University to begin taking nursing classes. She had already received her class schedule and even received a $3,500 dean’s academic scholarship to attend the university. But then the school discovered that she had discussed her transgender identity on an episode of MTV’s True Life and they decided to expel her for fraud and identity concealment instead.
The April True Life episode, entitled “I’m Passing as Someone I’m Not” showed:
…a man hitting on Javier while she danced at Riverside’s Club Sevilla in a low-cut pink and black dress and putting on make-up in the club’s bathroom. Javier said she only revealed her gender identity to family members.
“I am a girl trapped in a guy’s body,” Javier said on the show.
“When I’m out on a date, the loneliness goes away,” Javier said during a segment of her on one of her dates with a man who cut off the relationship after she told him she is transgender.
Javier marked “female” as her sex on her university application, but when the school discovered the Real Life episode during a background check, they sent her a letter temporarily expelling her for “’committing or attempting to engage in fraud, or concealing identity,’ and for presenting false or misleading information in university judicial processes.” The school will decide what to do after they hold hearings on the matter.
Javier said, “I was devastated, because I really, really wanted to attend this campus. I didn’t know [the Baptists] were that extreme.” She turned down a offer from Cal State San Bernardino, a school that would have been forbidden for kicking out a trans student thanks to laws against gender identity discrimination. But as a private school, California Baptist University can kick out whoever the hell they damn well please.
The university has a chance to do the Christian thing and let Javier take classes, especially since the dean has already recognized her for her academic prowess. But knowing the Baptists, they’ll probably just expel her and keep the money.
Meanwhile, the baby Jesus weeps.
On a happier note, she’s rockin that houndstooth top in the video clip above. We’d love to have you as our nurse, no matter what Linda Harvey says.
Oh and bonus! You can watch the MTV episode that she got expelled for below. She says she doesn’t regret her appearance on the show as it got her a lot of internet support and helped her live a happier life overall.