Tony Zamazal, a senior at Spring High School, told Houston’s KHOU that she feels more comfortable in women’s clothes and has recently been dressing in them as often as she can.
The prom was to be Tony’s big debut, but his plans were prematurely poo-poo’d upon by the assistant principal, who is in charge of the prom dress code.
According to KHOU:
“He told me it just wasn’t in the dress code. [He said] women wore dresses, and men wore tuxedos,” explained Tony Zamazal.
Zamazal says he felt a strong sense of disappointment after hearing that answer. Now he’s ready take a stand.
“If I do get to go as a woman, I will be ecstatic,” said Zamazal. “If I don’t, it would be devastating, because I put myself out there.”
A spokeswoman for the Spring Independent School District couldn’t shine any light on the actual dress code, but said that Zamazal could take her request to the principal of Spring High.
Tony maintains that she doesn’t care what others think about her and just wants to be herself, so she is not willing to take no for an answer.
“It’s not okay to just tell people, they can’t be the way that they are. It’s not just a choice of the way you look,” she said. “It’s more of who you are.”
Zamazal’s is only the latest prom-related kerfuffle to make headlines in recent weeks: A Missouri high school tried, and failed to prevent a gay student from bringing his boyfriend to prom while a teacher in Indiana was suspended after attempting to stage a prom that banned LGBT students.
NOTE: According to the ACLU, which intervened on her behalf, Tony has also began using feminine pronouns.