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Mississippi Teen Suing Over Rejected Tux Photo!

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Good for her!

As we previously reported, Ceara Sturgis' senior photo was rejected from the yearbook because she wore a tux - and now she's gonna teach the school a lesson!

The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit for Ceara claiming discrimination in the basis of sex and gender stereotypes. The lawsuit alleges a violation of Title IX, the federal law prohibiting discrimination based on gender.

Christine P. Sun, senior counsel with the ACLU Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Project said:

"Inclusion in the senior yearbook is a rite of passage for students, and it is shameful that Ceara was denied that chance. It's unfair and unlawful to force students to conform to outdated notions about what boys and girls should look like without any regard to who they actually are as people."

We wish her luck! Equality for all!!!

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88 comments to “Mississippi Teen Suing Over Rejected Tux Photo!”

  1. 1

    You're not for ALL EQUALITY Perez.. you are for GAY equality ONLY…. whenever there is Religious issues you always ATTACK… you need to get everything striaght.

    THis chick looks like a dude… or justin beieber….

  2. 2

    If this was a man wearing a dress it'd be a joke. Women have a lot more personal freedoms than men these days, yet always seem to be the ones bitching.

  3. 3

    Good for you sweetie! But can you at least next time not do the Justin Beiber haircut?

  4. 4

    These schools are getting ridiculous…. First they try and stop the LGBTQ community from going to prom, or wearing make-up in photos… now they are trying to say she cant wear a tux for your senior photo because she's a female…. what is our nation coming to? Sometimes i am sickened by the way people treat eachother

  5. 5

    Let her wear the tux; I'm more concerned with that hairdo.

  6. 6

    I would like to see her win the lawsuit then donate all $$ to an LGBT awareness organization. Otherwise she will be portrayed as a greedy cry-baby (I don't think she is).

  7. 7

    Ok this is ridiculous. I remember my high school had strict rules about the photo that went in the yearbook. All girls had to have the black drape (dress) and all guys had to have the black tux. Your senior pictures were where you could express your indiviulaity. She didn't follow the rules given so her picture was taken out… that isn't discrimination. I remember some girls in my senior class who were very butch and/or out as lesbians and they still wore the drape. The ACLU is a joke.

  8. 8

    It should be rejected for looking like Justin Squirrel Face Bieber. Hide your nuts

  9. 9

    That's a girl?!

  10. 10

    We had a kid wear a gorilla mask for his senior picture. Big ass deal. This school has stick up it's butt. Probably doesn't allow a lot of stuff. But Perez is gonna harp on this for months. I used to think the ACLU was a positive entity, but thanks to Perez, all we hear about the ACLU is the petty little disputes they get themselve involved with priviledged gay teenagers. How about reporting about the things the ACLU does that REALLY make a difference in the lives of many actually downtrodden people? Now just folks who want to wear a tux or take a girl to the prom? What about the people denied rights to feed their children and work? You are getting so effing lame hanging out with your wifies and BFFs. If you want to write a blog about human rights, for God's sake, include some actual people who suffer (as opposed to people who are "snubbed"). Big difference there, Pal.

  11. 11

    If I was looking @ the yearbook with this pic in it…I would think she was a boy and moved on…who still cares about this but religious whack-a-doodles and closeted homos!? most likely religious closeted homos no doubt!

    Who cares…let these kids go to proms and be in yearbooks. Making a big deal about it only makes it a non-big deal!

  12. 12

    Wow, for someone who does not like men, she sure is trying to look like a man. Homosexuals are such confused and sad people. Probably because they chose a deviant lifestyle. If only science did not prove that there is no such thing as a "gay gene", then they could call their lifestyle choice, "natural". I can't wait until the liberals usher in Sharia law, because homos will be the first ones to be thrown in jail or stoned to death. Just more proof that liberals want to self destruct themselves and our country. I will pray for them all.

  13. 13

    Awesome, Ceara! Best of luck to you. You are in the right, and I am proud of you for having the courage to stand up for what is right.

  14. 14

    Another cry baby dyke.

  15. 15

    If she wanted to dress like a man that would past muster, she should have dressed like Madonna.

  16. 16

    This is some bullsh*t. I seriously hope that the damn school gets what they deserve!!

  17. 17

    Yeah, equality for all, unless they pick their nose in public, or wear a dress you don't like…. Twat!

  18. 18

    This is stupid. "I didn't get to wear the outfit I wanted so now I'm going to waste everyones time and money and file a lawsuit." You know what? If you don't like the rules go to home school or private school and shut the frick up. Seriously…every time someone doesn't get their way they sue.

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  20. 20

    Good for her, I'd lvoe to squeeze money out of my school too!

  21. 21

    Wow. Lesbians weren't kidding when they said they liked Justin Bieber !!!

  22. 22

    At first glance I thought it was a guy. Anyway, if she wants to wear a TUX she should be able under 1st Amendment rights. It's silly and mean to mess with those rights.

  23. 23

    Ugh. Beibers everywhere these days…

  24. 24

    of course its in the southern US… figures… fucking jesus fucking hillbillies.

  25. 25

    This girl had a 3.9 GPA and was on several teams at her school. What kind of message is Mississippi trying to send by saying she isn't worth putting in the yearbook because of the way she dressed?! Other students should aspire to have those kinds of grades and participate in school the way she did. I'm appauled that not only did her picture not show up in it, but they didn't even include her name! Don't they do that for people who were absent on picture day? Pretending she doesn't exist or isn't important should NOT be the way the school should have addressed this issue. She has every right to sue, frankly, and I hope she wins.

  26. 26

    Re: HOLYJEEBUS – you got it all backwards, sweetie. religions have plenty of freedoms– they can take off work for their holidays and pray wherever and whenever they want. what is NOT ok is when a religion exercises what they believe is a "right" to discriminate against people. discrimination=illegal. and that's not us discriminating against you. it's us exercising our right to be us. so get over it.

  27. 27

    She want to be a man?

  28. 28

    damn, justin beiber really does have a lesbian haircut.

  29. 29

    Boys being boys!! lol

  30. 30

    That's a girl?

  31. 31

    Thats a chick? Oh…

  32. 32

    Re: pythia – Honey, you are not an oracle. Shut up and sit down.

  33. 33

    She's a maaan baby!!

  34. 34

    Are you sure it was for the tux and not the hair?

  35. 35

    Oh look, another attention whore like that lezbo Constance who couldn't bring another chick to prom. I bet you think this girl is a "hero" too right? lmao…

  36. 36

    Good for them. It will result in a change of policy and more awareness of the issue of the rights of young people in a sea of bigotry.

  37. 37

    Re: Michelle Lecompte

    Are you saying she's a hillbilly because she wants to wear a tux? Maybe southern people are so poor that she has to wear her brother's hand me downs?

  38. 38

    Cool, Now you pathetic American's are teaching kids to be sue happy as well..So sad. Look here kids! If you want easy money just throw on a tux if your a girl and then you can sue someone! What a joke this country is becoming.

  39. 39

    Holy shit! I thought that was my prom date, Bubba, circa 1991! God, I feel so dirty.

  40. 40

    I thought that was justin bieber honestly!

  41. 41

    didnt this school watch the whole constance miller thing happen?

  42. 42

    UGH. When will schools learn… YOU CAN'T DO THIS WITHOUT GETTING SUED. Guess that's some awesome freaking tax money well wasted. That school system ought to get their budget slashed next year. This girl will make some serious money that could have been avoided.

  43. 43

    “Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.”

    (Attributed to Goethe but in fact by William Hutchinson Murray from his 1951 book The Scottish Himalayan Expedition)

  44. 44


  45. 45

    Re: ouijabored – AT POST NO. 2, LOLOLOLOL!! RIGHT ON THE BUTTON!!

  46. 46

    Did these people learn nothing from the lesbian girl and her prom experience?? Also, holy fucking beibers, Batman.

  47. 47

    Can you spell F-R-E-A-K? Wear the damn tuxedo when you get home from SCHOOL or WORK and have at it! Idiot.

  48. 48

    oh for christ sakes.

    sit down everyone!

  49. 49


  50. 50

    Maybe they denied her because she looks too much like Justin Bieber!

  51. 51

    I thought that was a dude with an emo haircut….moving on.

  52. 52

    who cares!!! There are starving people in the world and wars going on!

  53. 53

    Good Luck Babe! Let them have it!!

  54. 54

    I thought it was a boy and was trying to figure out what the problem was until I read the article… Ugh

    "He" looks cute!

  55. 55

    thought it was bieber

  56. 56

    I've lived in MS. This hardly comes as a suprise.

  57. 57

    Lesbianism……..not like in the movies.

  58. 58

    Since when do the kids that go to schools set the rules?

  59. 59

    all equality

  60. 60

    thats so crazy dude, what a weird thing to discriminate against. i know that there was atleast one boy in my senior class who was dressed completely as a girl in his picture, people need to get the fuck over it

  61. 61

    such a stupid lawsuit
    ps perez, youre actually not about equality - only equality for people you like

  62. 62

    I don't understand the big deal. I watched Flashdance in th 80s and Jennifer Beals wore a tux and no ones complained. It's nothing more then a pantsuit with a bow tie. Girls have been wearing pantsuits for years.

  63. 63

    I applaud Ceara for her choice to wear what she wanted to for her pic.

    I also would like to SMACK Justin Bieber for that freakin' stupid hairdo of his, and for influencing America's youth to go around looking ridiculous.

    That photo of he and Sean Kingston driving around in a Lambo was one of the silliest things I have ever seen in my life. It looked like a couple of kids who stole Dad's car, and were driving it around trying to look cool.


  64. 64

    The tux is crisp. The haircut has to go.

  65. 65

    This is Hollywood gossip?

  66. 66

    Its a fat Justin Beiber….

  67. 67

    it seems so col to be gay now

  68. 68


  69. 69

    this is not a girl, cant be

  70. 70

    Didn't a lesbian high school student recently win a huge cash settlement because she wasn't allowed to take a date to the prom? This is just the start of many gay people cashing in on that case by suing anybody for any reasons stating sexual discrimination.Knew this was going to happen. It will only get worse from here.

  71. 71

    she is pushing it.

  72. kcarr says – reply to this


    Re: trinigirl123 – thats what i said!

  73. 73

    Oh! Wait! I just put my glasses on. I thought it was that kid from Charlie Sheen's show. That is one ugly girl.

  74. 74


  75. 75

    ugh why can't this dyke just follow the rules? am i speaking correctly when i say dyke? i'm pretty sure sHE is the dude in this relationship. the rules about senior pictures aren't there to discriminate. they are there to serve a purpose.

  76. 76

    Disgusting. What if a man wanted to wear a dress? If she doesn't like the rules, she should be homeschooled. Freak.

  77. 77

    I find it humerous that most lesbian girls are generally BUTT ASS ugly..I guess, when you go a long time without getting a boyfriend you switch teams..lolz

  78. 78

    She is ugly.. I hate it when girls try to be man. Go for the sex change if that is what you want. You look like a douche, a creepy douche at that!

  79. 79

    Re: latinafantastica – "sweetie" you got it all wrong, more then ever people go crazy when someone tries to practice their religious beliefs because everyone now a days thinks it's cool to not believe in anything bigger then themselves.. HOW SAD!!!!!
    as for this chick/dude?? Why does this heshe have to go file a lawsuit? She just wants to draw more attention to an already drawn out subject… People don't have to support women who want to look like men if they don't want to. get over it!

  80. 80

    I'm going to be a lesbian for a day and file a discrimination lawsuit so I can be a lazy non productive member of society, and oh yah GAY.

  81. 81

    oh great, another lesbian teenager thinking she's above the school rules. Being in the yearbook is a PRIVILEGE not a right

  82. 82

    That's not Justin Beiber. It's that little bitch from Hannah Montana - Mitchell Musso.

  83. 83

    Re: MarioMonjack – First off, the all caps thing is annoying. Secondly, why should it be that way? Just because she was born a girl that means she can't wear whatever the hell she wants? Its 2010, get over it. And shut up about the "she's bringing shame on her family" thing. You don't know her family, they could be totally supportive of her. And its not like she violated the rules of dress. Its either a tux or a drape, and she is wearing a tux. And a lot of people are saying that its a stupid thing to sue over, but it is also a stupid thing to reject a photo over. Maybe suing will teach the school a lesson. If schools don't wanna be sued, they shouldn't do stupid shit and they can easily avoid it.

  84. 84

    I graduated high school in Mississippi and we had several girls wear tuxedos in their senior portraits and several girls who brought other girls as their dates to prom, etc. Don't assume that just because a few people from my state are small minded that we all are, because I can assure you we are not.

  85. 85

    That's a picture of that guy from Million Dollar Real Estate, the guy who keeps his dog STARLA in his brief case. It seems that lately your blog needs some fact checkers that actually follow current events.

  86. 86

    Re: ouijabored – errmm get your head out of your ass.
    I haven't heard of men getting raped or beaten by women so …. you're full of it.
    Perez, if you want equality for all quit slamming women at every given chance.

  87. 87

    Re: bongo – LOL

  88. 88

    Re: DianaJ – LOL