Prom and Other School Dances

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What's at Stake

While their classmates are busy lining up the perfect outfit and date, LGBT students often have to worry about whether they’ll be allowed to take the date they want, be harassed at the dance, not be allowed to wear clothing that conforms to their gender identity, or be excluded altogether. Sometimes, transgender or gender-nonconforming students want to run for homecoming or prom royalty and aren’t allowed to do so. There are laws protecting your right to be yourself at school events, and the ACLU can help you have the same chance as any other student at having a magical time at the big dance!

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Or call (212) 549-2673. For non-LGBT issues, please contact your local ACLU affiliate.

While their classmates are busy lining up the perfect outfit and date, LGBT students often have to worry about whether they’ll be allowed to take the date they want, be harassed at the dance, not be allowed to wear clothing that conforms to their gender identity, or be excluded altogether. Sometimes, transgender or gender-nonconforming students want to run for homecoming or prom royalty and aren’t allowed to do so. There are laws protecting your right to be yourself at school events, and the ACLU can help you have the same chance as any other student at having a magical time at the big dance!

Need help? 
Fill out our confidential online form 

Or call (212) 549-2673. For non-LGBT issues, please contact your local ACLU affiliate.

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