One of Australia’s oldest and most exclusive boys-only colleges will let a male student who has transitioned to female remain at the school, even though it is still not co-ed and does not accept female students.
In a sensitive and complicated case, Adelaide’s prestigious Prince Alfred College has decided that the Year 12 student, known only as Alice, can become PAC’s first transgender female student as she completes her final year of studies this year.
The student has not “transitioned to female.” That isn’t possible, obviously.
Principal Bradley Fenner wrote to PAC families on Tuesday night explaining the background to Alice’s story and the school’s decision to break with 152 years of tradition by letting her become its first transgender female student.
Aside from during World War II when a small number of girls were allowed to study at Princes, the school has only ever been open to boys.
All of PAC’s students are boys. It still isn’t co-ed and it still doesn’t accept female students.