At least it's a change in the right direction.
Lesbian teen Ceara Sturgis sued her Mississippi school after they banned her graduation picture, in which she wears a tuxedo, from the school's yearbook.
Not only did the school ban the picture, but they also excluded her name.
Thankfully, the school has decided to change their policy. According to the ACLU:
"The district has agreed to adopt a policy that will require all students to wear a cap and gown, rather than require boys to wear tuxedos and girls to wear drapes."
Her picture will also appear in the school library, just as it should have been shown in the 2009 yearbook.
"I am thrilled that my photo will join [the class picture]. It’s important that nobody else will be forced to wear something that doesn’t reflect who they are.
Hopefully no other students will be excluded from this important rite of passage simply for expressing themselves. Copiah County School District has done the right thing by changing the yearbook policy so no students have to feel as if they’re out of place."
Bravo, Ceara. We are so proud of you for standing up for yourself. People like you are what help change this world.
Now if we can only get the school to allow kids to express themselves however they want…
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