Texas School District Refusing to Put Senior Picture of Transgender Teen in Yearbook

jeydonHonestly, I don’t think a day goes by anymore where I don’t ask myself, “Just what in the hell is wrong with people?”  It never ceases to amaze me how stupid, petty, hateful and ignorant many people can be.

A perfect example of this comes from deep south Texas where the La Feria School District has apparently told a high school senior that their yearbook picture will not be published — because the student identifies as a male.

You see, Jeydon Loredo is transgender.

Upon learning that Jeydon had decided to wear a tuxedo, like all the other male students at the school, he was then told that his picture would not be published in the yearbook.

“I had been waiting all day to take the picture and so when I found out… it was just really upsetting to me. I was so upset, I wasn’t even going to take it,” said Loredo.

The school district has said that the photo would not meet “community standards.”

Please, can someone define for me exactly what in the hell are “community standards?”  You’re telling me people being who they are, who they feel like they were born to be, don’t meet the standards of the community?  It seems to me this district is failing to meet the standards of treating people with humanity and equality.

Oh, but it gets worse.  According to Jeydon’s mother, the superintendent told her that he would be allowed to have his picture in the yearbook if he decided to come back wearing a dress or some kind of blouse.

So not only is this school district singling out this poor student because they don’t agree with how Jeydon identifies his own gender, but they further want to humiliate him by saying he can have his picture in the yearbook if he wears female clothing.

This is despicable.  Who the hell do these people in this school district think they are?  What gives them the right to tell someone who they should or shouldn’t be, or how they should or shouldn’t feel?

These people actually think it’s in the best interest of the student to force them to dress like a female, when they identify themselves as a male?  Please, tell me how that makes any damn sense.

All Jeydon wants is for people to remember him for who he is, saying, “I just want to be in the yearbook to be remembered years down the road because people are going to forget their classmates, and that’s going to be the only way to remember each other… so that’s all I want.”

Let the kid be who he is.  It’s not this school districts right, job or responsibility to define who someone is or isn’t.

And I just love how the school district is refusing to comment on this issue by claiming “student confidentiality.”  It’s the student and his parents who are making this issue public.  So don’t give me the cop-out answer of “student confidentiality” as an excuse why they won’t comment on this issue.  The fact of the matter is their only real defense is they don’t like it — and that’s all.

It’s nothing more than pure ignorance.

So with that being said, I would encourage everyone reading this to contact the superintendent of this school district.  Let him know that you support the rights of Jeydon and you oppose this school district’s blatant ignorance and discrimination:

Superintendent of Schools
Mr. Rey Villarreal
(956) 797-8300

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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