After previously denying the request, a high school in Spring, Texas will allow a transgender student to wear a dress, pumps, make-up and a wig to the prom.
In a letter to the American Civil Liberties Union, the Spring School District said that it would allow George “Tony” Zamazal to wear an outfit that appropriately represents her gender expression to the Spring High School prom.
Zamazal has recently started wearing feminine clothes and, according to the ACLU, using feminine pronouns.
When she asked to turn it out as a female and — more importantly, a lady — at the prom, the assistant principal refused, telling her that “women wore dresses, and men wore tuxedos.”
Tony then asked the principal, who said she would have to consult the school board because it would be a “community decision.”
That’s when the ACLU intervened with a letter explaining that both federal law and the U.S. Constitution protect Tony’s right to wear a dress to prom. Weeks later, Spring School District responded with a letter stating that Tony will be allowed to “wear her choice of feminine attire” as long as it complies with the “prom dress code enforced for all students, specifically female students.”
The school’s change of heart came as a relief to the 19-year-old senior. “All I wanted was to get to wear a dress to prom, because I wouldn’t have felt comfortable at all showing up in a tux,” said Tony. “I’m so grateful that my school has agreed to let me be myself on such an important night.”
One word: backless. You know what we always say, “leave ’em gagging.”