So I haven’t been here for over a year, hah. But I wanted to share something today that made me have a question about boarding schools and the gender diversity that is present in them.
!!!I am not making this post to specifically bash any schools. only my experience!!!
I’m a non binary individual at boarding school (lc) and I don’t use she/her pronouns, nor use my birthname. While LC does use my preferred name on my email, its not so on school portals/id cards/directories. which makes it a lowkey problem since (you guessed it) I don’t go by my legal name.
when I got to LC. I was given an id card? with my dead/birth name on it? (my preferred name was typed out in size 4 font at the bottom corner and I didn’t even see it until the dean pointed it out for me). so like the entire first week I went to about 5 diff people trying to change it. (my advisor, teachers, the book store, IT, dorm head)
this was like in the middle of the first week, I went to get mail (i ordered face masks) and was told my package wasn’t there. checked back like 3 days later even though the package arrived 4 days ago and they still said no. I tried explaining how I don’t use my legal name. And ended up getting told by the post office unless I used my dead name I couldn’t get any packages. Ended up walking to the deans and they had to pick it up for me. But it like started to burn this question in my mind : if LC, a pretty progressive school, still has problems with things like this than what is it like at other boarding schools ? and ones that are single gender ? Like I know for a fact I’m not going to be the only non binary person in boarding school so I would want to hear some other people’s experiences with the topic as well.