A transgender woman is suing California Baptist University for expelling her after she revealed on MTV's "True Life" that she is biologically male.
The Riverside Press-Enterprise says 25-year-old Domaine Javier's lawsuit alleges the private Christian university, which has about 5,000 students, violated California anti-discrimination laws and is in breach of contract. The Superior Court suit seeks $500,000 in damages.
Javier says she was expelled in August 2011 after her MTV appearance on the "True Life: I'm Passing As Someone I'm Not" episode. Monday's lawsuit says she was expelled because she is transgender.
In the episode, she talks about her struggle with her secret:
"I've always defined myself as female, but I am a girl, trapped in a guy's body. My mom always wanted a baby girl. When I came out, she's like, 'Oh my god, it's a boy.' When suddenly my dad snapped out of the picture, my mom was like, 'Okay, I am going to turn this kid into a girl.' My mom would dress me in fancy girly clothing. I embraced it because it's how I felt on the inside. … I have been passing as a girl ever since I was 13 years old."
Javier put female on her college application. She says she has identified as female since she was a toddler.
University documents say Javier was expelled because of "fraud, or concealing identity." University lawyer Theodore Stream has refused to comment on the suit because he hasn't seen it.