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.

About Angie Mason

I'm the education reporter at the York Daily Record/Sunday News. I want to know what's happening inside York County classrooms. Email me at amason@ydr.com or follow me on Twitter: @angiemason1
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