Coming out, especially in high school, is no easy feat. Whether you're gay, bi, trans, pan, or questioning, all you can hope is that the people around you can accept you for who you are.
Unfortunately for 18-year-old British trans woman, Lily Madigan, things at school didn't go as smoothly as she probably hoped they would.
Lily announced her transition earlier this year, choosing to legally change her name from Liam to Lily.
via Facebook/Lily Madigan
A few months after announcing her transition, Lily decided it was time to wear the girls' uniform to her Catholic school in Kent, England. She was sent home and told that she should either wear the school's mandated boys uniform or make arrangements to attend a different school. On top of that, she was informed that she would not be allowed to use the women's restroom at her school.
As if that wasn't bad enough, Lily was constantly referred to as "Liam" by teachers and staff despite going through a legal name change.
Now, it doesn't take much to be a decent human being.
For starters, use correct pronouns when talking to or about someone; call them by the name they've asked you to call them; and allow them to wear the clothes and use the restroom they feel most comfortable with.
Lily became depressed and started missing a lot of school until she decided to do what any 2016 era teenager should do when faced with this kind of situation. She lawyered up.
Convinced that this was an out-and-out case of discrimination, a law firm took up her case FREE OF CHARGE and sent her school a letter informing them that they were in violation of The Equality Act 2010 and The Human Rights Act.
Well, that did the trick.
Lily was informed she would be allowed to wear the school uniform of her choice and use the women's facilities. Staff at her school are also due to receive training on transgender issues and she even received a formal written apology from the school's principal.
Girl, Y E S .
Lot's of people would have been discouraged by what happened in the beginning of her journey, but Lily stood up for what she believed in. No student should be discriminated against, no student should be made to feel excluded. Lily is officially our hero.