@Arkansassy: I understand what you are trying to say, but I think you are transferring your convictions unto this situation. The little boy asked to go dressed as a princess, that is not his parents forcing him. Forcing him would be to demand that he goes as a prince when he clearly wants to go as a princess. If your theory is correct, then we should not have transvestites, which we do. I do not think transvestites were all forced to dress as the opposite sex when going up. I think you are missing the bigger message in the story, which is the deplorable reaction of the adults around him, not that the kid should change to appease them.