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Mississippi Teen Snubbed From Yearbook Because She Was Gay!

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Nothing surprises us anymore!

In a despicable move by the Copiah County School District in Mississippi, lesbian student Ceara Sturgis was not included in the school's 2010 yearbook.

The senior photo she submitted wearing a tuxedo was denied!

"They didn't even put her name in it," said Ceara's mother Veronica Rodriguez. "I was so furious when she told me about it. Ceara started crying and I told her to suck it up. Is that not pathetic for them to do that? Yet again, they have crapped on her and made her feel alienated."

The Mississippi ACLU wrote a letter in October demanding the school use the submitted photo, but officials would not relent. But her mother did expect a reference to her daughter on the senior page, yet she discovered that they refused to acknowledge her existence.

Ceara's mother continued:

"It's like she's nobody there, even though she's gone to school there for 12 years. They mentioned none of her accolades, even though she's one of the smartest students there with wonderful grades. They've got kids in the book that have been busted for drugs. There's even a picture of one of the seniors who dropped out of school. I don't get it. Ceara is a top student. Why would they do this to her?"

She basically grew up here, but she feels so isolated. And it's not the students. The students love and accept her," Rodriguez said. "The kids even nominated her for prom queen, but she ducked out, knowing the officials would never let her be prom queen."

It's not know whether the victim will take any legal action.

Stay strong, Ceara!

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93 comments to “Mississippi Teen Snubbed From Yearbook Because She Was Gay!”



  1. 1

    ok, people. gay people exist and they won't stop being gay. discriminating against children is despicable, how is this not illegal what they are doing???? seriously, this is the reason why suicide is so high among gay youths. but really how is this constitutional???? did she not graduate, did she fail every single class??? wtf

  2. Visa says – reply to this


    2

    She looks like a boy, maybe she confused the yearbook staff. Most High School yearbook staffs are made up of students, other kids, are you going to isolate them for making an error in judgement?



  3. 3

    It just proves how backwards people are in the south. First Constance and now This?
    I thought it was 2010 and we started accepting people…I guess not.
    This is just terrible.



  4. 4

    thats just wrong. people are ridiculous



  5. 5

    That makes me sick!! I hope she sues their asses off !! They really should be ashamed of themselves tsk tsk



  6. 6

    I thought Justin Bieber was 15! Didn't know he graduated!! :o

  7. buck says – reply to this


    7

    He looks like a nice guy



  8. 8

    who cares



  9. 9

    Perez - quit hidding in the closet - come out & ACTIVELY take this issue head on - or, are you afraid of the Southern Christians?



  10. 10

    This is OUT OF CONTROL. I hope these "righteous educators" realize that it is THEM who will be rotting in hell for their disgusting actions, and not these poor kids. Shame on them. If the school counties are not going to intervene, the stat, or even fed government, needs to. ASAP. Unacceptable, un-American, and DISGUSTING.



  11. 11

    That's a chix ?



  12. 12

    This happened in Mississippi ? ! WHAT a surprise ! ;)



  13. 13

    girls that want to physically be boys will probably never be accepted….i just don't see it ever happening……and vice versa…….



  14. 14

    Justin Bieber's Stunt Double … Just say'n …..



  15. 15

    its not know??? maybe it should of said its not KNOWN!!!!!



  16. 16

    OMG, that's a woman?????? Anyways, it's horrible she's treated this way. This is not the middleages anymore people, stop the hate!



  17. 17

    Welcome to Missi-fuckin-sippi.



  18. 18

    Horrible. The whole story makes me sick about the type of world we live in. I swear the people who didn't publish the photo think if they ignore the people who are gay they will just go away. It's SO ignorant! It's 2010, and we still have this!? Sick.



  19. 19

    channeling justin are we?



  20. 20

    What would Chaz Bono do?



  21. 21

    big f*cking deal she was gay. I'll tell you what's gay is that f*cking Bieber hair style she's rocking. Now that's gay



  22. 22

    Good luck to Ceara and the rest of the GLBT youth out there dealing with this fight! Stay strong and remember that not everyone thinks this way. Much love from Texas.



  23. 23

    THEY PROBLY DID IT BECAUSE THEY THOUGHT SOME CLOWN WAS TRYING TO SLIDE A PICTURE OF JUSTIN BEIBER IN THE YEARBOOK. THAT FEMDUDE SHOULD FIND ANOTHER LOOK.



  24. 24

    Re: Visa – They didn't even put her name in the yearbook. Every student's name goes in the yearbook even if they don't have a picture. And with everything else mentioned, she was obviously left out on purpose.



  25. 25

    That's just great. She looks like a young boy and ends up on a pedophile's website. Perez only likes lesbians or TG women when they are discriminated against because it furthers his cause, whatever the hell that is. If she were a plain old lesbian in a plain old lesbian relationship with no fanfare he'd hate her guts. Perez hates lesbians.



  26. 26

    That's not right, poor girl.



  27. 27

    Playing devil’s advocate here but, let’s say someone was a white supremacist or into satanic worship (recognized religions!) and wanted their photo with their Supermacist/Satanic Dress Gown on…. I can understand where the school district is coming from here. Even though girl is a les, she’s still female and needs to dress according to her legal sex and what is considered acceptable for the community. It's not right that they left her name out.



  28. 28

    At first glance, I thought it was Tim Urban's HS pic.



  29. 29

    PEREZ, YOU NEVER, EVER HAVE A STATEMENT FROM THE SCHOOL. or in this case, the yearbook staff, who Visa pointed out, is made up of students. did they give her a chance to bring in another photo and she didn't by the printers date? IN MOST SCHOOLS, if they do not deem the picture as acceptable, you have to send another picture in. I had to do posters for a six grade graduation 5 years ago, posters set up at the graduation and the kids had an essay next to it. This one girl, her mother sent in a picture of her posed with a blow dryer to her head, like a gun. The girl WAS very embarrassed, and knew the pic was wrong, esp. for grad nite. but her mother did not want to be bothered with getting another pic. The teacher and I (I was a PTA member) could not submit the pic. I had a camera with me and asked the teacher and girl if it was all right if I took a pic right there and I printed it on my printer. MY POINT-different places, different people see things wrong. I am willing to bet she had a chance to replace the pic. but DIDN'T



  30. 30

    You deserve so much better, Ceara.
    It sounds like you have a supportive mother, and that is so important.
    Don't let them get you down.



  31. 31

    mistakes could have been made, what if the person putting the yearbook together did not know her and saw a guy under a girls name like Visa said. and like I said, before, gave her a chance to resubmit. and she did not. If you look through alot of yearbooks, mistakes are made. alot of times, schools, when pointed out the mistakes will get pictures printed, pages printed to add to the yearbook. kids are putting this together. don't blame the whole school if it was done on purpose, it is one or two kids.



  32. 32

    Good advice from mom though, "suck it up…" The kid has to learn some hard life lessons. Despite how she feels about her lifestyle, there will be a lot of people that will never accept it.



  33. 33

    I think its great that she at least has the support of the student body. Support from your peers is most important. and it sounds like she has a smart head on her shoulders so she will most likely come out of this situation on top. those teachers should hope that she is not the doctor taking care of them in the nursing home they will be in some day.



  34. 34

    This is not a mistake. The picture is yearbook style and if it was the wrong size they would have put her name at the end with the list of kids who didn't do a picture. My advice for this young women is get out of the south. I hope her grades were as good as her mom said and she got some great scholarships so she can move out of state. Thank you for Perez for talking about these situations. The alienation has always been there but it has never hit the media until recently.



  35. 35

    Justin Bieber? Is that you?



  36. 36

    She looks like a white Stacy Lattisaw.



  37. 37

    crap, not this rubbish ! Mario let it go. just let it go.



  38. 38

    It's MISSISSIPPI, where a lot of people are still behind the times and very backward in their thinking. ..they have just not moved into the 21st century. It will be 50 years and this generation of homophobes long dead and gone before gay people are accepted as equals.



  39. 39

    Re: Trailer Trash says … – If you hate Perez so much, then why bother coming here and read what he has to say and then hate on it? Get a life.

  40. Visa says – reply to this


    40

    Re: Cici093 – You don't know he/she was left out on purpose. It is the same old story, racism or sexism, always some kind of ism. If the yearbook staff and editors and the company they hire to print them, intentionally left he/she out, then I'm sure they will be held responsible. The school district and even the school itself, has more important things in their plate, like education to have to worry about the yearbook.



  41. 41

    Re: Visa – YES…it's called accountability.



  42. 42

    Wow that is a boy!! I would ban this photo just because that haircut is TERRIBLE.



  43. 43

    Ive said this time and time again, but only in America would something like this allowed to happen. Home of free? No, home of bigots.

    I think the entire LGBT population of the states jump ship and move to the UK, hell!, im from Ireland and theirs a picture of my and my boyfriend in my yearbook!



  44. 44

    You people are dumb. dumb. dumb. Why would you promote underage sex gay or straight. Stop drop and roll doesn't work real well in hell!!!!!



  45. 45

    THATS NOT RIGHT!!!!



  46. 46

    this blog needs many more of these non-celeb, non-hollywood, non-music, non-entertainment related gay stories. in fact, why do you block up your gay and latina pride messages by wasting space on celebs? come on perez, get rid of the celebs and show your true desires bb, you know it all about gay and latino, and nothing else.



  47. 47

    I thought she was a guy!! LOL!

  48. chiro says – reply to this


    48

    Uh, you live in Mississippi, what'd you expect?! It's the most racist state in the union!



  49. 49

    is sad they dont include her but is more sad how a stupid picture is even relevant. high school is not the most important thing of your life neither is a picture that will only be in a book and will be thrown away by most.



  50. 50

    I want to thank everyone who supports my daughter! She has been through a lot and getting all the positive support has been very upliifting! I am so proud of her and love her so much to see her hurt like this! And for all the people who have tom talk negative close your eyes and think how you would feel if you were alinated in any way shape or form. Gay or not everyone has feelings and we are all human. I would much have a gay LOVING daughter than a hateful mean one!!! Again thank you for your support it means so much to us!!!



  51. 51

    Re: Visa – You don't know what you are talking about here.
    =
    "We have had our legal counsel research the validity of the position of the School District on this matter," Copiah County Superintendent Ricky Clopton said in the statement. "We are informed by counsel that this exact issue has been litigated in federal court. The decisions of the federal courts completely support the policy of the district in this regard. It is the desire of the Copiah County School District to inform, first, the patrons of the district, and second, all other interested parties, that its position is not arbitrary, capricious or unlawful, but is based upon sound educational policy and legal precedent."
    =
    ACLU legal director Kristy L. Bennett said the district referred to a 2004 settlement of Youngblood v. School Board of Hillsborough County, Fla. In that case, former Robinson High School principal Kevin McCarthy refused to alter the school's senior photo dress code that required female students to wear a scoop-necked drape, which ruled out the possibility of student Nicole Youngblood posing in a suit.



  52. 52

    Re: Visa – Youngblood sued the Hillsborough County School Board that year, claiming the rule was discriminatory. The resulting settlement allowed seniors 14 days to appeal the dress code prior to photos.

 ACLU attorneys maintain that the Youngblood case made no official reference to the student's sexuality, however. Shannon Minter, an attorney who represented Youngblood in the 2004 case, said Copiah had chosen a poor foundation upon which to build an argument, considering the school settled with the plaintiff.

"The school agreed to settle the case and changed their policy. That's the only reason we dropped our appeal," Minter said. "These policies are blatantly unlawful. Any court of appeals in this country would likely find such policy to be unlawful now."
    =
    By the way, I have been to Fate. You live in a dump and your comments prove it.



  53. 53

    she applied too much blowdryer on the rt. side and flipped up the left side…FAIL…she has a half justine beiber and half dorothy hamil.



  54. 54

    is that justin bieber?



  55. 55

    Can someone explain to me my schools must 'teach' gender identity? It seems to me that is what this is about: boys must be taught to look like boys and girls must be taught to look like girls, or risk the consequences.
    =
    "No child left behind" like hell! One child intentionally omitted.
    =
    A student probably could be in jail for selling drugs at school and as long as you dressed the part you could be included in their yearbook.



  56. 56

    It's not because she's gay, it's because she's wearing a tuxedo
    If a straight girl did the tuxedo thing, she wouldnt get in the yearbook



  57. 57

    This is undoubtedly disgusting, but don't just assume all southerners think this way. I think there is a lot of hope for southerners. It is the Bible Belt, so shouldn't we agree that God is love, without exceptions.



  58. 58

    Re: ohhmeghanlynn – For the idiot that said people in the south are backwards. I beg to differ, considering I have a Harvard degree and I am from Alabama. This is happening everywhere not just in the "south." So you are being a hyprcrit and a "hater" just like the school in Mississippi. It is sad that people like this are the ones fighting for gay rights.



  59. 59

    Look at the school website's mission statement:

    Mission Statement

    The Copiah County School District has as its mission the providing of learning opportunities that will enable students to become productive and well-adjusted citizens in an ever-changing society.

    "Ever-changing society" HYPOCRITES!!



  60. 60

    For everyone calling the people that did this names and cursing them with every word in the book, well, you are acting just as intolerant as them. Feel bad for the girl, pray for her….maybe send her a letter. That's a lot more constructive and up-lifting then saying "FUCK YOU MISSISSIPPI AND ALL YOU FUCKING FUCKS!!! I FUCKING HATE YOU FUCKS, FUCK". see what I mean?



  61. 61

    Re: jedi.jesse – Agreed. So, I will ask again why do schools need to 'teach' gender identity?



  62. 62

    Another reminder as to why living in the south is bad.



  63. 63

    Re: il1k31th0t18 – From the Superintendent's statement: It is our mission to provide a quality learning environment by striving to meet the individual needs of all students.



  64. 64

    CUTE GUY!

  65. StayC says – reply to this


    65

    if I was gay I wouldn't want to look like a boy…they snubbed her b/c they thought it was the wrong person.



  66. 66

    It's Chad Rogers from the Million Dollar Listing!



  67. 67

    *
    GAY STRAIGHT OR BI ARE ALL 100% NATURAL AND BEAUTIFUL!
    *
    IS REPUBLICAN AMERICA TRYING TO BE THE NEW USSR ? RULES ON HOW TO WHERE YOUR PANTS.. HOW TO DRESS FOR A YEAR BOOK!
    *
    What the fuck has happened to America ?
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    Where are the other students in this ? ?
    *
    IN AUSTRALIA A SCHOOL TRIED TO BAN HUGGING! THE STUDENTS ACROSS THE STATE HELD A HUG IN! THE BAN WAS REMOVED!
    *
    A COUNTRY TOWN TRIED TO IMPLEMENT A BOYS ONLY UNIFORM AND A GIRLS ONLY UNIFORM… THE BOYS CAME TO SCHOOL DRESSED IN THE GIRLS UNIFORM AND THE GIRLS IN THE BOYS UNIFORM.. THE SCHOOL SENT THEM HOME.. THE EDUCATION MINISTER THEN SENT THE PRINCIPAL TO THE UNEMPLOYMENT LINE!
    *



  68. 68

    Re: SnowBoarder4LIFE
    *
    YOU are SUCH a FUCKEN wanker!
    *
    Do you have MPD ? When you stop lying all the time people might give a shit what you say ? Calling gays rapists and then posting that your church loves gays and you have a gay brother but hate gays and think the should be allowed in the same showers as you ? FUCK OFF BULLSHITER!
    *
    One day your a NY Wall Street banker the next your A ex-con from Californian. When your really a 23 year old Arab from Redwood city named Ali! QUIT LYING DICKHEAD!
    *
    YOUR A WANKER!
    *
    A BIG FUCK YOU TOO ALL THE MISSISSIPPI HOMOPHOBES!!!! FUCKING STUPID ASS FUCKS!!! I FUCKING HATE YOU IGNORANT RELIGIOUS FUCKS GET A FUCKEN CLUE ITS 2010 ASSHOLES!
    *



  69. 69

    Awww thats so messed up! she looks adorable!
    I have had that haircut before, and im a straight girl.
    I just think it looks cool.
    Keep fightin' girl!



  70. 70

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    This gender dress thing is so stupid!
    *
    Re: b a t k i s s
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    In Australia the courts have ruled that the courts should NOT determine dress other than for occupational health and safety because to do so would be to determine fashion and taste, something the courts should have no role in!
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    Hasn't America done that ?
    *
    CRAZY STUFF THIS SCHOOL WOULD HAVE NEW MANAGEMENT HERE!
    *



  71. 71

    that is just wrong that chool should get sued



  72. 72

    68 Should say:
    *
    think they should NOT be allowed in the same showers as you
    *



  73. 73

    They didn't leave her out because she was gay, it was because she was wearing a tux and not the drape. They gave her a chance to submit a new picture or she would be left out, but she didn't. Personally, I think she should have just worn the drape. I didn't want to wear it either but sometimes you just have to pick your battles.



  74. 74

    Soooo glad to be a Canadian.
    It makes me proud to know that this sort of discrimination is ILLEGAL in our country while simultaneously making me sad to know that the southern states are still so very bigoted.



  75. 75

    *** The students love and accept her *** Apparently not the kids in yearbook class - ya know, the ones that put the yearbook together.

    *** how is this not illegal what they are doing???? *** Because there's no law on the books that mandates "all students shall have their picture in the yearbook under penalty of the law.



  76. 76

    Reading stuff like this makes me very happy that I live in Canada where bigotry is illegal.

    This is really stupid of them to do something to a human being just because they don't agree with their sexual orientation. This is more on the fact on how stupid the adults are acting. The other students love and accept her so at least she has some back up in this matter.



  77. 77

    i think the mother and daughter SHOULD take legal action! in a heartbeat!!! that's why schools can get away with grimey shit like this!!!!



  78. 78

    I knew Bieber was secretly a girl.



  79. 79

    Maybe because she has that horrid Mitchel Musso coif.



  80. 80

    Re: Visa – … yeah okay.



  81. 81

    Re: wiggles – Hey guttermind,WHO SAID ANYTHING ABOUT SEX! By your thoughts, I think we know where you are going, don't we!



  82. 82

    That just sucks! This is why I hate most people & love my dogs so much.



  83. 83

    It's unfair. She looked great in this pic.

    I tell you..The Great State of Mississippi…*eye roll*



  84. 84

    For some reason, I got more angry at the part where the Mom said "I was so furious when she told me about it. Ceara started crying and I told her to SUCK IT UP." Must be a translation thing, but that totally caught my eye. I think it should be more of telling her don't worry honey, Hold your head up high kind of message. ANYWAYS … man not being put in the yearbook? that's just cruel, not even a mention of her name … I know that people who didn't submit or took pictures, STILL HAD THEIR NAMES MENTIONED … what about club photos or activites?? I'm sure she wasn't wearing a tux then!! Gawd people are really stubborn sometimes, they really don't care about other people's feelings, the human lifeform all worry about is "me" me me me me me me, shut up.



  85. 85

    Sue the school district for discrimination. Seems like this is the only way they will learn. You might be able to add as cause of action that be considered "bullying". The school and the parents conspired to throw a "alternate" prom and purposely made her go to another location where there was no prom. The school district handled this poorly.



  86. 86

    Sue the school district for discrimination. Seems like this is the only way they will learn. You might be able to add as cause of action that be considered "bullying". The school and the parents conspired to throw a "alternate" prom and purposely made her go to another location where there was no prom. Now the scholl is acting as if she never existed by ommiting her from the yearbook. The next thing is they "lost" her transcripts. The school district handled this poorly.



  87. 87

    she looks like justin beiber. just saying.



  88. 88

    this is absolutely ridiculous… why can't people accept the fact that gay is okay?



  89. 89

    NOT EVERYONE IN THE SOUTH IS LIKE THIS!!!



  90. 90

    Exactly HOW is this not illegal? Seriously America, wtf? what, are you living in the dark ages or what? This would be illegal in most European countries, BUT not in the country that prizes their so-called 'freedom', and being so ahead of the times?
    i think not.



  91. 91

    she kinda looks like a fat Justin Bieber..
    anyway, poor girl. that's mean



  92. 92

    Not buying it, there is more to the story than that.



  93. 93

    Re: Kellergirl – trust me keller there is soooo much more to this story