Supporters surrounded Issak Wolfe Thursday evening

Quite a crowd showed up to support Issak Wolfe Thursday night as he addressed the Red Lion Area School Board.

Wolfe, a transgender student, has asked the district to allow his chosen name to be read at graduation. The district has decided to allow him to wear a black cap and gown, which the male students wear. However, his legal name — Sierra Stambaugh — will be read during the ceremony.

Those who came out included district residents as well as others from outside.

Charles Kress and Deb Henry with the York chapter of PFLAG — Parents Family & Friends of Lesbians and Gays — attended the meeting to support Issak.

“We’re just here in numbers to let them know he has the support of the community,” Kress said before the meeting.

They hope the district will reconsider about reading Wolfe’s chosen name on graduation night.

“Maybe we’re all it takes,” Henry said.

Taylor Thomas, Issak’s girlfriend, said she thinks it’s really wrong what the school board did. It’s up to the board to make the right choice.

April Billet-Barclay, Wolfe’s mother, said there’s a whole population of LGBT kids sitting back, waiting to see what happens.┬áThe message the school board sends to them is that they’re either important or unimportant.

Billet-Barclay said she is very proud of her son for making a stand. On the other hand, it’s overwhelming. It’s been in the newspapers across the country.

While there is a lot of support, she said, they’re have been unpleasant, nasty comments.

What decision do you think the school district should make?

 

 

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