Red Lion sticks to answer on transgender student’s graduation request

The Red Lion Area School District is maintaining its position that legal names will be read at graduation, according to the district’s attorney.

The ACLU of Pennsylvania had intervened on behalf of transgender student Issak Wolfe, who wanted his adopted male name to be read during the ceremony, instead of his legal name, Sierra Stambaugh.

Benjamin Pratt, the attorney for the school district, said the ACLU sent another letter last week, and the district responded Monday, maintaining its position that only legal names will be read at the ceremony.

Molly Tack-Hooper, ACLU staff attorney, confirmed that the ACLU had renewed Wolfe’s request and included information about the name-changing process. Wolfe, who turned 18 in April, is seeking a legal name change, but it won’t be completed by graduation. But, the district was “unmoved” by the ACLU’s arguments, she said.

The district previously agreed to let Wolfe wear black robes at graduation, as male students wear.

Related story: Gender identity is new territory for school districts.

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4 Responses to Red Lion sticks to answer on transgender student’s graduation request

  1. Supporter of RL Schools says:

    I don’t understand why thsea people don’t understand the schools policy’s not only the schools but the government who makes these policys I have a daughter of NY own and I can say 100% that if this was my child I would be backing up the school on this one be happy with what you get they are letting him wear black robes that should mean a lot to him and honestly I don’t think this is news worthy why don’t we report on our soliders , firefighters, ems, police whom are putting their lives on the line everyday for people to have their freedom and all of their stuff let’s talk about all the good they do for this country for once and not somebody who is throwing a fit because they don’t get their way by the way I’m not against this person changing genders by any means I’m all for what makes you happy but its not worth reporting on the news

  2. Hoss says:

    GOOD for RLSD, that said she should be required to wear the female gown too..!!!

  3. Definitely not a supporter of RL schools says:

    Why not read out the name he wants to use? Why not just be decent people? It means nothing to them and a lot to him. It’s demeaning and hurtful to refuse a simple and harmless request.

  4. Liz says:

    I am so glad that Red Lion stood up for what is correct and was not bullied by the ACLU. As for Issack, I hope that he has a successful and happy life whatever may come of it.

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