University plays God card, gets transgender discrimination approval

robin baker george fox universityLEXIE CANNES STATE OF TRANS — Got a transgender student in your college dorm? No problem, get a God Exemption from the government and boot him out!

This is exactly what George Fox University President Robin Baker did with transgender student Jayce Montgomery earlier this year. When Montgomery raised a ruckus and wouldn’t agree to other housing, Baker’s administration quietly requested a “religion exempt” from the U.S. Department of Education around the same time the student filed a Title IX discrimination complaint. A few months later the department gave Baker approval to discriminate.

Montgomery’s attorney, according to a report in PQ Monthly, was surprised how quickly the Department Of Education granted the university’s request. The attorney, Paul Southwick, says the university made the request in secret, and after it was granted, the department closed Jayce’s case. They were kept completely out of the loop says Southwick.

George Fox University is a Christian college 25 miles outside of Portland, Oregon. The college is not commenting on the matter.


This whole thing smells fishy. Since the college is dodging the press, I’d thought it be appropriate to run a photo of the guy responsible for trying to get away with legalized hate — George Fox University President Robin Baker.

I wrote about Jayce Montgomery earlier

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8 replies

  1. Yeah, I feel like my school wants to quietly tuck me away so other students don’t have to be around the ‘freak’. It’s very isolating and at times is drives me mad being segregated like this. And when instructors or my counselor here ask why I have no friends and am withdrawn, they can’t figure out why.

    My sympathies to the student at that college, I understand the bullshit these assholes make us endure all to well.

    • Kaity, you’re exactly right. People like President Baker and other administrators make these decisions to satisfy their own feelings on the matter, all the while blind as to why transgender people “can’t cope.” Hang in there Kaity and thanks for commenting.

  2. I urge people to contact Dr. Robin Baker, the President of George Fox University, the U.S. Department of Education,and the White House via phone, mail, and email. Let them all know of of the disgraceful example Baker and George Fox University have set by requesting (and getting and implementing) a religious exemption that will allow the University to deny on-campus housing to a transgender student.

    George Fox University Contact Info:
    Robin Baker
    President of George Fox University

    Missy Terry
    Executive Assistant to the President
    Telephone: 503-554-2101

    George Fox University
    414 N. Meridian Street
    Newberg, Oregon 97132
    Phone: 503-538-8383

    Comments: 202-456-1111
    Switchboard: 202-456-1414
    Comments: 202-456-6213
    Visitor’s Office: 202-456-2121
    The White House
    1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
    Washington, DC 20500

    U.S. Department of Education Contact Info:
    1-800-USA-LEARN (1-800-872-5327)
    Speakers available in Spanish and more than 170 languages.

    Mailing address:
    U.S. Department of Education
    400 Maryland Avenue, SW
    Washington, D.C. 20202

    Link to email a complaint to the Dept. of Education:

    Below is the letter that I have emailed to Dr. Robin Baker and Missy Terry.

    In regards to the request for a religious exemption that will allow George Fox University to refuse on-campus-housing to a transgender student to be vile, hypocritical, and the worse kind of discrimination. I suppose you missed the June 9th issue of TIME MAGAZINE with transgender and Emmy nominated actress Laverne Cox on the cover but suffice it to say you are on the wrong side of history here. I would expect this kind of disgusting discrimination from institutions run by right wing, born again bible thumpers like Oral Roberts University or Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University but George Fox University is a Quaker institution.

    As a Quaker institution I would expect the school to represent the inclusive, nurturing, and peaceful virtues that are part and parcel with the Quaker philosophy and theology. I went to a Quaker school, Friends Central School. My late uncle, Dr. Tom Wood was a Quaker as well as the headmaster of Friends Central so I know a bit about the Quakers. And I know my Uncle would be outraged as I am. He would be outraged as a Quaker and as an academic professional & school administrator by the conduct of the administrators of George Fox University.

  3. Let them “hold close” my useless dick for all the good it will do them.
    Romans 14:14
    Matthew 12:37
    Matthew 7:22-23
    Matthew 12:31
    Matthew 12:40
    Matthew 12:50

    You see? I can make whatever I wish out of the Bible just as much as Baker, Paul, or Pinochet’s lackey, Schafer, who used the Bible to justify his torture and imprisonment of heterosexual married couples while he raped their male children.
    “Bodily moral disgust: what it is, how it is different from anger, and why it is an unreasoned emotion.” –“Our review and results underscore the need to distinguish between the different consequences of moral emotions.”

    Matthew 16:25: “Long life, Spartan”

  4. An update from The Advocate:

    After coming under fire for what many view as discrimination against a transgender student, an Oregon Christian university is updating its housing policies in an attempt to be more accommodating to trans students.

    Earlier this month, news broke that the U.S. Department of Education granted George Fox University — a private Christian college located in Newberg, Ore., — a religious exemption to Title IX protections in regards to the case of transgender man Jayce Marcus. The university had recently denied Marcus’s requests to be housed with other male students, or given a waiver to live off-campus.

    Last week, George Fox University issued a statement, explaining that its policy would allow for students who have undergone genital surgery to be housed in accordance with their gender. All other gender-nonconforming students will continue to be housed according to the sex they were assigned at birth.

    “Providing appropriate housing for transgender students continues to be a challenge at religious and non-religious institutions across the country,” the school states on its website. “George Fox University has a two-year required, single-sex dorm policy it has developed in light of its religious convictions. It has the discretion to assign all students to appropriate housing. Common residence halls are single-sex, defined anatomically. We are committed to residential access, and it is consistent with our beliefs and our community values that a presurgical transgendered person will be provided on-campus housing in appropriate alternative housing well-connected to the residential community. That person also has the option to live off campus.”

    The school goes on to point out that it’s not just religious schools struggling with the question of how to deal with trans students, citing all-women’s school Smith College’s ongoing, controversial policy prohibiting transgender women.

    “In March of 2013, a high school senior and [transgender] woman’s application to all-women Smith College was rejected for admission on the basis that the Free Application for Federal Student Aid indicated her gender as male,” George Fox University’s statement continues. “Smith had gained a private-school exemption for single-sex undergraduate admissions during the Title IX Education Amendments of 1972 legislative discussions. It is important to note that religious colleges were not the only ones to receive exemptions from Title IX as the law is written so that elite private men’s and women’s colleges can accept or reject any person on the basis of gender.”

    According to the University Herald, the new surgical requirements have done little to assuage Marcus’s concerns.

    “If George Fox University is drawing the line at gender reassignment surgery, that is not the line drawn by state and federal law,” Marcus’s attorney, Paul Southwick, told the Herald. “Gender identity protections do not extend only to those individuals who can afford, or who are ready, for gender reassignment surgery.”

    George Fox University also provided its own timeline of events, stating that the school first requested a Title IX exemption after Southwick filed a complaint with the Department of Education in April. The university contends that the exemption was granted in May, and the Department of Education closed the complaint without taking action against the school.

  5. Christianss – NOT BTW if you go to Iceland, Sweden, or Denmark all public toilets are genderless. The stalls are floor to ceiling, sealed at the bottom etc Same with doors at the bottom, and about 8 feet high.

    America needs to grow up, we should have burned the puriitans at the stake long ago.


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