School Pulls Lesbian's Photo From Yearbook
Because she was (gasp!) wearing a tuxedo
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Apr 28, 2010 8:22 AM CDT
Ceara Sturgis, 17, left, speaks to reporters with her mother Veronica Rodriguez Saturday, Oct. 17, 2009 at the offices of the ACLU in Jackson, Miss.   (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

(Newser) – A Mississippi high school student's photo has been scrubbed from her senior yearbook. Ceara Sturgis' crime? The lesbian teen sported a tuxedo in her picture. “They didn't even put her name in it,” Sturgis' mother, Veronica Rodriguez, tells the Jackson Free Press. “They've got kids in the book that have been busted for drugs.” Rodriguez is angry, but perhaps not entirely surprised: She enlisted the ACLU in October after learning that the school decided to ban the photo from the book because Sturgis wasn't wearing a dress.

The organization wrote a letter demanding it be included; Rodriguez had at least expected them to list her daughter on the senior page and acknowledge her academic achievements. “It's like she's nobody there.” The school says it has consulted its lawyers, and that its “position is not arbitrary, capricious, or unlawful, but is based upon sound educational policy and legal precedent.” The ACLU hasn't said if it plans to take legal action.

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realtruth
May 3, 2010 2:49 PM CDT
Some intelligent Mississippians want to apologize of thing like this. Not Stupid Me.. As a Native of Mississomalia, living near Saudi Alabama, I am extremely proud that My Home State has a repetition for Good. I am proud that this displays there are still people living here in Mississippi that refuses to accept this as OK only because is the norm of the rest of the nation and world. I am proud as I can be to living here in the Slap Dab Middle of this Southern Bible Belt. I Hope that all of YALL who find this type of this behavior strange and appalling will Hate Mississippi enough to stay far away from My Dear Wonderful Home.
danwinters
Apr 29, 2010 4:49 PM CDT
you all have it wrong .not a gay thing here .a public school has dress codes.if a 17 yr old boy went to school pics wearing a dress and high heals /makeup or without he is gone home for the day .at my kids school the vice princapal is gay .she dresses like a man everyday. its a weird situation bco i really like her she has been a good influence on my kids tfor 7 yrs now but i am almost sure she would send my son home for cross dressing .its not political or homophobic here i would thnk this girl just broke a simple rule ,
HANKHILL
Apr 29, 2010 1:56 PM CDT
WHAT A SHAME WHAT IS WRONG WITH THEM A TUX IS JUST A FANCY PANT SUIT