Transgender Student Gives up Place at Women-Only University


    February 11, 2020 11:48

    A transgender student who was born male has relinquished her place at a women-only university after vociferous protests from students there.

    On the day of the deadline for tuition payment, the student said she would not enroll at Sookmyung Women's University in Seoul despite becoming the first transgender student in Korea to be accepted at a women-only college.

    A student looks at bulletin boards of debates over a transgender student at Sookmyung University in Seoul on Feb. 6. /Yonhap

    "After the news broke I heard that students were protesting against my admission and got scared," she said in an interview.

    She plans to take the university entrance exam again later this year to apply to other, non-segregated schools. 

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