High school student kicked out of prom for wearing a suit instead of a dress

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Harrisburg (AP) – A Pennsylvania high school student said she was barred from attending her prom because she wore a suit rather than a dress.

Aniya Wolf said she’s a lesbian who has worn a shirt and pants for all three years she has attended Bishop McDevitt High School in Harrisburg, according to WHTM-TV. She and her mother, Carolyn Wolf, said the family got a last-minute email saying girls had to wear dresses to attend prom.

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Wedding Bells at Watermark: Melissa Crispo and Candace Salemi

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Melissa Crispo and Candace Salemi“My favorite thing about Candace is she has a beautiful heart,” Melissa says. “She has so much love in her, and not just for me but for everybody—and it just shines.”

Candace Salemi, who is a senior higher education specialist, and Melissa Crispo, who is a musician/songwriter and paramedic, hung out in the same circle of friends for 15 years. Candace came to see Melissa perform regularly, but they only ever considered themselves acquaintances.

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Sarasota County school adopts trans-inclusive bathroom policy after transgender student organizes call-in

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Pine View, a grades 2-12 magnet school in Osprey, Fla., is now the first school in Sarasota County to pass a transgender student inclusive bathroom policy.

The policy, adopted Jan. 14, allows transgender students in grades 6-12 to use the bathroom of the gender they identify with regardless of what gender they were assigned at birth. The bathrooms for elementary grade students will remain the same.

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NYC reveals powerful gender-identity discrimination rules

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New York (AP) – Restaurant owners can’t require ties for male diners only. Gyms can’t tell clients which locker room to use. And in most cases, an employer can’t put “John” on a worker’s ID if she prefers “Jane.”

New York City’s Human Rights Commission is establishing what advocates called some of the most powerful guidelines nationwide on gender-identity discrimination, releasing specifics Dec. 21 to flesh out broad protections in a 2002 law.

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Woman convicted of lesser assault charge in attack on gay couple

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Philadelphia (AP) – A police chief’s daughter was convicted of assault but acquitted of the most serious charges in a violent attack on a gay couple last year that prompted Philadelphia to expand its hate crime laws to include sexual orientation.

A jury Dec. 17 acquitted Kathryn Knott of four counts, including aggravated assault on each of the victims. She was convicted of simple assault, reckless endangerment and conspiracy to commit simple assault after three days of deliberations.

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Jury set to decide woman’s role in attack on gay couple

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Anti-gay tweets from a young woman charged in an attack on a gay couple show the homophobic views that fueled her actions, a Philadelphia prosecutor argued Dec. 15 in a case that led the city to expand its hate crime law.

Kathryn Knott, the daughter of a suburban police chief, is charged with taking part in an attack that left one man hospitalized with a broken jaw. She testified for about an hour and denied shouting slurs or striking either victim.

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Screened Out – The Danish Girl

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Eddie Redmayne, Alicia Vikander, Amber Heard, Ben Whishaw

This is a good film. It should’ve been amazing, illuminating and transformative.

There must be more to gender dysmorphia than what Eddie Redmayne shows for much of The Danish Girl. Is it simply the desire to touch silky fabrics and pose like girls in 1920s cigarette ads?

There also is more to Lili Elbe, the first person to undergo gender reassignment surgery. The Danish Girl is slow, lacking emotional punch. It’s also all small moments of understated drama cut short by painterly views of Denmark, Dresden, and Paris.

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Screened Out – When My Sorrow Died: The Legend Of Armen Ra and the Theremin

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Documentary directed by Robert Nazar Arjoyan

This is an oddly straightforward documentary about a beguiling, off-center subject.

When My Sorrow Died pretty much tells you what it’s about in its longer title. It explored an intriguing drag personality who plays a supremely weird electronic instrument and who possesses a colorful history. Perhaps there are no technical bells and whistles the filmmaker could add, really. So, this flick is a pretty artless approach to a person full of art.

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Transgender girl brings hope to Argentina’s trans community

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MERLO, Argentina (AP) – Luana grabs her sparkly blue dress with one hand and spins, using her other hand as a guide while a strand of tulle floats around her body.

The 8-year-old has long brown curls, gold butterfly earrings and an amulet with a princess hanging from her neck.

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Transgender issues finally gain traction in Florida schools

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On Oct. 13, an eighth-grade student from Fairview Middle School in Leon County who wore a dress to class finally gave in to the pressure and left the school for good. According to USA Today, school administrators called the student’s parents and requested a change of clothes because the gender confusion had the “potential” to cause a distraction. The principal, Scott Hansen, told the paper that, “Unfortunately, in middle school there is not as much freedom for expression.”

Leon County School Board superintendent Jackie Pons expressed “concern,” according to the report: not so much for the fact the student challenged gender barriers so much as for the reality that the culture of the school board district failed to address such bullying and the LGBT issues that often precede it.

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Leon County Schools Superintendent response to ACLU letter regarding treatment of agender student

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Tallahassee – Leon County Schools Superintendent is responding to the American Civil Liberties Union after one of their attorneys asked for insurance that it will permit students to “wear clothing regardless whether it is consistent with gender stereotypes,” in a letter released Oct. 16.

The ACLU dress code letter to the Tallahassee school was in response to an incident from Oct. 13 where a Fairview Middle School student, who was born male but identifies as agender, was told by Principal Scott Hansen that they needed to change out of their dress, because “dresses are not for boys.” The parents withdrew the eighth-grader from the school the same day. The ACLU says the principal’s actions violated the student’s rights established under the Equal Protection Clause and the First Amendment.

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ACLU asks Tallahassee schools to end restrictions on clothing based on gender identity

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An attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union is asking a Tallahassee school district to ensure it will permit students to “wear clothing regardless whether it is consistent with gender stereotypes,” in a letter released Oct. 16 to the superintendent of Leon County Schools.

ACLU dress code letter to Tallahassee school is inresponse to an incident from Oct. 13 where a Fairview Middle School student, who was born male but identifies as agender, was told by Principal Scott Hansen that they needed to change out of their dress, because “dresses are not for boys.” The parentswithdrew the eighth-grader from the school the same day.

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