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Monday, 8 April 2013

Transgender high school student wins right to wear dress to Houston senior prom

A transgender student was won the right to wear a dress to prom after school authorities insisted the teenager wear a tuxedo.
Last week George 'Tony' Zamazal, 19, requested permission from an assistant principal to wear a dress and officially come out as transgender at Spring High School's May 11 prom.
However, the teacher said it wasn't permitted as it 'didn't fit the prom dress code'.

Permission: George 'Tony' Zamazal has won permission to wear her choice of dress to her senior prom
Permission: George 'Tony' Zamazal has won permission to wear her choice of dress to her senior prom
Relief: The 19-year-old says she wouldn't feel right wearing a a tuxedo
Relief: The 19-year-old says she wouldn't feel right wearing a a tuxedo
When Zamazal appealed, the school refused to make the ruling alone saying they would need to contact the board to make it a 'community decision'
But that move has now been thwarted and the school has agreed Zamazal should be allowed to wear any choice of clothing so long as it conforms to the dress code of being at least mid-thigh length.
The Spring teenager said she was grateful for the decision and now plans to wear the dress along with pump-style shoes, makeup and a wig.
'I've been waiting for this for a long time,' the teen told the Houston Chronicle.
'I wouldn't have felt comfortable at all showing up in a tux. I'm so grateful that my school has agreed to let me be myself on such an important night.'
'It was very relieving to find out they were going to let me without a fight,' Zamazal said.
The American Civil Liberties Union took up the case after Zamazal was told by the teacher in charge of the dance that she would have to wear a tuxedo.
'Tony has the right under both federal statutes and the U.S. Constitution to express her gender identity,' Adriana Pinon, ACLU of Texas senior staff attorney, told the newspaper.
'Students' legal rights aren't something that public schools get to put up to a vote. We're happy to see the school do the right thing.'

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