MS School of the Arts Allows Transgender Student to Wear Dress to Prom after ACLU-MS Action

April 7, 2015 5:15 pm

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JACKSON, Miss – The Mississippi School of the Arts in Brookhaven has reversed their decision to prevent a transgender student from wearing a dress to the prom. The school affirmed the student’s rights following a letter from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Mississippi. In the letter sent on April 3rd, the ACLU of Mississippi asserted that requiring all boys to wear traditionally male attire to school dances constitutes gender discrimination and violates First Amendment right to the freedom of expression.

“We are satisfied that the school has complied with the law and has resolved this issue. Every student has the right to be themselves in school by expressing their gender identity,” said Charles Irvin, Legal Director of the ACLU of Mississippi.

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