Girl Barred From Wearing Tuxedo to Prom

Thu, 03/12/2009 - 08:40
Submitted by Carlin Ross

This story makes me want to shave my head and throw out all my Manolos.  Betty always talks about how she was treated in the 70's when she shaved her head and stopped wearing skirts.  It looks like things haven't changed at all:

A 17-year-old Boone County girl has sued Lebanon Schools after her high school principal told her she could not wear a tuxedo to the school's April 25 prom but would have to wear a dress.

The Lebanon High School senior, whose name is not revealed in the lawsuit, is a lesbian and does not wear dresses because she sees them as expressing a sexual identity that she does not embrace, court filings said. Her attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana has asked a federal court to issue an injunction that would require the school to let her wear the same formal attire to the prom as male students at the school.

In the filing, ACLU of Indiana legal director Ken Falk argued that the district's policy violates the stipulations in the U.S. Constitution that the government treat a female student the same as male students and not limit students' freedom to express beliefs.

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