Yesterday, a Mississippi court denied a motion by Copiah County School District to dismiss a lawsuit brought against it by Ceara Sturgis, an out lesban who was excluded from her school yearbook at Weston Attendance Center because she chose to wear a tuxedo in her senior portrait instead of the usual drape given to girls.
According to the ACLU, “the order says that the district must explain why Sturgis was required to wear a drape to be included in the yearbook.”
At the time of her original filing, Sturgis said, “I feel like I’m not important, that the school is dismissing who I am as a gay student and that they don’t even care about me. All I want is to be able to be me, and to be included in the yearbook.”
“We’re glad that Ceara will get to have her day in court,” said Joshua Block, an attorney with the ACLU’s LGBT Project. “No student should ever be excluded from important rites of passage just for being who they are.”
We don’t know exactly what Mississippi schools are like, but if they’re like every other school in America they have bigger issues to deal with than whether some graduating senior chose to wear a monkey suit in her senior photo.
It’s not she like wore a “Marriage is So Gay” T-shirt.
Images via Ceara Sturgis