Homo Prom Dress Down
posted by December 12 at 11:15 AMon
A high school principal in Gary, Indiana, allowed a female student to attend prom wearing a tux. But when a male student—a male student that identifies as female, and wore female clothes to school for the past two years—showed up in a prom dress, the principal refused to let him in, physically blocking his entrance.
Lambda Legal is now suing the school on behalf of the student.
Two details: Kevin Logan’s classmates rallied to his defense, arguing with their principal and asking that she let Logan in, to no avail. So clearly it wasn’t Logan’s classmates that had a problem with his gender expression. To justify her actions the principal pointed to a school policy that forbids “clothing/accessories that advertise sexual orientation, sex, drugs, alcohol, tobacco, profanity, negative social or negative educational statements.” Says Lambda Legal staff attorney James P. Madigan:
“The fact that sexual orientation is lumped in with drugs and profanity in the school’s dress code is just plain offensive, but even more troublesome is that the whole policy is in violation of students’ First Amendment rights.”