A transgender high schooler in Texas says his picture might be left out of his senior yearbook — all because he’s wearing a tuxedo.
Jeydon Loredo, a trans student, took his senior photo in a tuxedo like other guys typically do — but when school administrators found out about it, they told the photo studio to withhold the picture from the yearbook. Loredo appealed the decision to the school board with the help of HRC and the Southern Poverty Law Center.
“Please allow my community to remember me,” he said, “and to remember me the way I truly am, in the clothes that reflect me: Jeydon Laredo.”
The board met in a closed session over the matter and has yet to make a public statement about the decision on the yearbook photo.
“I’ve lived here my whole life, and I’ve grown up with the kids here,” Loredo said in a statement Wednesday. “I’ve seen those in my community go through troubles, and denying my tuxedo photo would be a way for the district to forget me and everything I’ve brought to this community. The yearbook is for the students, not the faculty or the administration. It is a way for us to remember each other.”
Are you KIDDING ME right now.