ACLU made sure transgender teen thing allowed to attend prom in women’s clothing in TX.
A transgender teen will be able to attend prom at Spring High School dressed as a woman after an assistant principal originally told the teen she must dress as a boy.
Tony Zamazal wanted to wear dress and heels to prom along with makeup and a wig because he feels more comfortable dressing as a woman. He was told in February that he must wear men’s attire because of the prom’s dress code. When he took his complaint to the principal, he was told the school board would have to weigh in.
The school has now reversed its decision in a letter to the American Civil Liberties Union, explaining that its position was unconstitutional.
“All I wanted was to get to wear a dress to prom, because I wouldn’t have felt comfortable at all showing up in a tux,” Zamazal said. “I’m so grateful that my school has agreed to let me be myself on such an important night.”
The ACLU sent a letter to the principal on March 18, explaining that both federal law and the Constitution protect Zamazal’s right to wear a dress to prom. The district responded last week that they’d allow him to come to prom dressed as he pleases. MORE
Transgender woman Rohit Singh was at a Saskatoon, Sask. bridal shop, Jenny’s Bridal Boutique, when the owner refused to let her try on gowns, insisting it made other customers uncomfortable, CBC reports.
“She said, sorry we don’t allow men to wear dresses here,” Singh says of the store owner. “I said I’m not a man, I’m transgender.”
Singh, who says she has started the process of a sex change, was planning her wedding which took place this past Monday.
“To me it doesn’t matter,” the unidentified owner says. ”He looked like a man. There was quite a few brides in the store. If you see a man trying on dresses, you’re going to feel uncomfortable.”
She later found a bridal gown at another local bridal shop where she describes the service as excellent.
In March, Canada’s House of Commons passed a bill making it a hate crime to discriminate against transgender people. The bill now needs to be passed through the Senate for a second reading.
“Transgender and transsexual citizens are among the most marginalized and are too often victims of harassment and acts of violence,” said New Democrat Randall Garrison at the time.
Incidents of transgender discrimination nationally and internationally have readily been making news. MORE
Transgender teen told he can’t run for prom king, only prom queen
“I’ve always known I was different. I knew I wasn’t like the other kids,” says 18-year-old Isaak Wolfe of Red Lion Senior High School in Pennsylvania.
Wolfe identifies as a male, but was born a female. And when he discovered that after campaigning to run for prom king he was listed by school officials to run as prom queen instead, he was notably upset, reports York Daily Record.
His female birth name, Sierra Stambaugh, was put on the prom queen list.
“For a transgendered person, it is degrading to have that, and I wasn’t even warned,” says Wolfe, who claims he got permission in advance from the prom committee to run as prom king.
After speaking with a guidance counsellor he was told it was principal Mark Shue who made the decision to switch Wolfe’s name and role.
“I wish he made a more progressive decision,” Wolfe’s father, William Stambaugh, tells York Daily Record.
Wolfe has now contacted the American Civil Liberties Union, but says he wishes no ill will on Shue or the school district.
“I would like an apology, at a minimum,”Wolfe says. “I wasn’t given a fair opportunity. I mean, if I don’t win, I don’t win … but I’m not a queen.”
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