Cross-Dressing Teen Wins Fight to Wear Dress to Prom

After a fight, New Jersey high school says yes to Derrek Lutz
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted May 3, 2010 10:49 AM CDT
Derrek Lutz is glad his school "moved on" and will allow him to wear a dress to prom.   (CBS2 Chicago screenshot)
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(Newser) – Here’s a story with a very different outcome than Constance McMillen's: Derrek Lutz’s school told him he couldn’t wear a dress and heels to the prom—but after friends started a petition and a supportive Facebook page, he was allowed in, dress and all. “Yea, I’m a cross dresser,” the aspiring fashion designer tells CBS, adding that he had planned to attend the dance regardless of the school’s final decision.

The 18-year-old New Jersey high school senior, who brought a female date to Saturday's dance, was called to the principal’s office Thursday and told his planned attire (a knee-length black dress) was a dress-code violation. The school changed its tune after—Lutz thinks—consulting its legal adviser. “What makes me a woman is inside and it doesn't really matter what's on the outside,” he says. “And everyone should really just be treated equally.”

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