Transphobic Principal Says Student Can’t Be Prom King

20130423_124153_Issak_200A Pennsylvania high school is in hot water this week after denying a transgender student the opportunity to become prom king. The school’s principal, Mark Shue, claims it’s “not traditional.”

Issak Wolf, a senior attending Red Lion Area Senior High School says he “always identified as male.” He admits that transitioning wasn’t nearly as difficult as he’d imagined: with full parental support and general support from fellow classmates and teachers, his experience had been more favorable than that of other modern transgender teenagers.

Until last week.

After double-checking with the high school’s prom committee and advisor, Issak Wolfe was added to the ballot for to run for prom king. Weeks later, when the student body had gathered in the cafeteria to vote, Issak Wolfe realized he was listed as a candidate for prom queen under his birth name, Sierra.

“For a transgendered person, it is degrading to have that, and I wasn’t even warned,” said 18-year-old Isaak. Though he’s been accepting of Principal Shue’s decision, Issak wishes “he made a more progressive decision.”

Now that prom court voting is over, the only thing Isaak wants is an apology. He told the York Daily Record that he has no ill will toward Shue or the district, but wants an apology for missing the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

“I would like an apology, at a minimum,” Isaak said. “I wasn’t gin a fair opportunity. I mean, if I don’t win, I don’t win…but I’m not a queen.”

Friends and classmates have already started a Facebook group for Isaak in an effort to make him honorary prom king.