Resolution comes after lesbian student files suit against school
LEBANON, Ind. — The Lebanon school district has reversed its policy that barred a female student from wearing a tuxedo to her school’s prom.
The unidentified 17-year-old Lebanon High School senior filed a lawsuit over the school’s refusal to let her wear the tux to prom. Court filings said she is a lesbian and does not wear dresses because she believes they represent a sexual identity she rejects.
Superintendent Robert L. Taylor said formal attire will be required at the prom, but the requirements won’t be "gender-based." He said the school board would have to vote to accept the agreement. That vote was set for Tuesday, March 17.
American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana legal director Ken Falk, who was the girl’s attorney, told The Indianapolis Star that the teen is pleased with the decision and will attend the April prom in a tuxedo.
Information from: The Indianapolis Star, www.indystar.com.