Following a week of dispute and a media frenzy surrounding the issue of a prom court ballot, Issak Oliver Wolfe will be allowed to attend the dance with his girlfriend. Wolfe, who is a transgender student that identifies as a man, was listed under his former female name, on the prom queen side of the ballot. In spite of attempts to run for and be listed for prom king, the principal of Red Lion Area Senior High School in York County, Penn., insisted on listing him as female.
“For a transgendered person, it is degrading to have that, and I wasn’t even warned,” said 18-year-old Isaak.
Following the dispute with principal Mark Shue, the school district accused Wolfe’s girlfriend of libel for posting the story to Facebook and later attempted to ban her from the high school dance. Soon after, the American Civil Liberties Union got involved, in support of Wolfe and his girlfriend.
On Friday, it was reported that the school district agreed to let Wolfe and his girlfriend attend the prom but there was no clarity on the prom ballot and graduation, which became another area of dispute. It remains to be seen if the school will allow him to wear the male cap and gown and whether or not Wolfe’s male name will be read during the ceremony.