New LGBT Prom Resource for Students

Prom season is in full swing, and we at the ACLU are seeing an uptick in calls and emails from students whose schools have either tried to stop them from bringing same-sex dates or tried to enforce rigidly gender-stereotyped dress codes. Both are illegal. As Deb Price of the Detroit News pointed out in her column today, the ACLU affiliates in both Ohio and Mississippi have recently gotten schools to back down from discriminatory prom policies. Now the ACLU LGBT Project has created a new resource to help LGBT students take fight for their legal right to enjoy prom into their own hands.

At our new LGBT prom resource page, students can find two new ready-to-print letters to school officials. If school administrators are standing in the way of your special night, you can print one of these letters, hand it over, and ask them to reconsider their policy. The first letter addresses school bans on bringing same-sex dates to prom. The second letter addresses schools that ban girls from wearing tuxedos, the complaint we get most often when it comes to prom dress codes. Both letters as well as some additional information are online at /lgbtprom.

We can often help LGBT students with similar prom dress code issues as well, such as transgender girls being told they can’t wear dresses, so if that’s happening to you — or if you’ve tried one of our letters and the school isn’t backing down — please let us know!

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Just wondering

What kind of Taliban schools give out dress codes for what their students wear at their prom?

tom colonna

Are you guys for real,Your allowing or doing the very thing God hates.No wonder our world is slipping.God made the world and us for one purpose to glorify him not ourselves.We suck compared to our Lord Jesus Christ!

Laura Kolker

I'm getting a 404 not found error when I try to download either of the letters.

btw, why make it a pdf? Why not just put the text straight on the page? Seems a little silly.


i went to my junior prom and skipped out on my senior prom. then the year after that was my girlfriends prom and i took her in an orange camaro (my fav color) my hair was cut short and hot pink in the back, spiked up, and blonde and black in the front. i wore a nice tux w a jacket w the long coat tails and my vest and tie was hot pink to match my hair. of course i got the usual disapproving looks. but surprisingly i got more compliments from the teachers at the prom than the other students going to prom. (i think the kids were jealous ha!) i also wore my grill cause im silly. :P but im tellin ya i was HOT shit and i dont think the faculty really had a promblem with it. now this year, a girl asked me to take her to prom and i said no, i dont think my gf would appreciate that! lol but the day after prom she was tellin me how they were not letting people in to prom who had already bought tickets and gone the whole nine yards w limos and what not, because their date was of the same sex or the person was wearing something the opposite sex should have been wearing. and personally i think adults are tryin their hardest to shape young ppl into a lifestyle THEY feel comfy with. well...they should know that the more u try to tell a teen what to do, the more they are going to rebel!!

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