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United Kingdom: College rewrites 650‑year‑old dress code to fit transgender students

St Catharine's College
St Catharine’s College

A college at one of Britain’s oldest universities has rewritten its 650-year-old dress code to better accommodate transgender students.

Via Reuters:

Mark Elliot, the dean of St Catharine’s College at Cambridge University, reworded the dress code after a campaign spearheaded by American transgender student Charlie Northrop, 25, who transitioned from male to female earlier this year.

Previously male students had to wear smart trousers and jacket with a tie at formal events while women had to wear a skirt and blouse or dress but now students can choose to wear what they like as long as it is “suitably smart dress”.

“‘Smart dress’ is defined without reference to considerations of gender identity or expression,” states the revised dress code published on the college’s website.

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