Posted at: 05/20/2013 7:14 AM
Updated at: 05/20/2013 12:49 PM
By: Erica Zucco, KOB Eyewitness News 4
Today peaceful protestors rallied near St. Pius X High School at St. Joseph and Coors to support a transgender student that wants to wear a male robe to graduation, but was told he must wear a female one.
Damian Garcia identifies as male and since male students wear black robes, wants to wear a black robe. But since Garcia's birth certificate says female, school officials say Garcia should wear a white robe like all female students.
An online petition demanding Damian be allowed to wear black has already gained more than 23,000 signatures.
Damian's supporters plan to bring that petition to the archbishop today. They hope those signatures, and today's protest, will change minds.
Damian said he hopes other transgender students also see the support he's received.
"Hopefully it does affect some sort of change whether it's the decision or other people getting to be more accepted," Garcia said.
A lot of supporters say they don't think it's likely the district will change their minds but they still wanted to try. If nothing else, it's called international attention to transgender issues, especially among teens.
Graduation is this Wednesday. Damian has told KOB Eyewitness News 4 if nothing changes and he can't walk in black, he probably won't walk at all.
Alumni came to support him and hope their alma mater will change their minds.
"We were taught at Catholic school to love others and treat everybody the way you would wanna be treated so put yourself in his shoes and do the right thing," alumni Amber Pohl said.