Transgender Texas Student’s Tuxedo Photo Approved
A South Texas school district reversed course on Friday, saying it will allow a photo of a transgender student wearing a tuxedo to appear in the teen’s high school yearbook.
Jeydon Loredo, who grew up female but now identifies as a male, and his mother had said the school district was not allowing his photograph because it violated "community standards."
But after a meeting late Friday afternoon, the La Feria school district agreed to let the photo be used in the yearbook, the Southern Poverty Law Center and the district announced.
The law center had threatened to file a lawsuit if a decision allowing the tuxedo photograph to be included wasn’t made by Nov. 21.
In a telephone interview, Jeydon said he was "pretty happy" about the district’s decision.
"It was just very frustrating, the whole thing. To me, it was just a simple answer that I wanted. But we got the answer. So it’s great, man," said Jeydon, who is a senior at La Feria High School.
La Feria, a town of about 7,300 residents, is located about 30 miles east of McAllen.
Alesdair Ittelson, an attorney with the law center, said the district’s decision sends "a signal to other school districts that transgender students should be recognized as important members of their communities rather than ostracized and subjected to discrimination. We applaud Jeydon’s courage in standing up for his rights."
School district Superintendent Raymundo Villarreal Jr. said the resolution "is in the best interest of the student and the school and the community."
In a statement, the district said Jeydon was never in danger of "being completely excluded from appearing in the portrait section of the high school yearbook."
"There were discussions between the student, the student’s family and the administration on options affiliated with a dress code, including options which were gender neutral," according to the statement.