Update: Here’s an updated story about what happened at the Richland board meeting last night.
Reported earlier: A transgender student in Western Pennsylvania is facing a battle related to homecoming that is similar to the one 2013 Red Lion Area Senior High School graduate Issak Wolfe faced when he tried to run for prom king.
According to a news release from the Pennsylvania Student Equality Coalition, transgender student Kasey Caron, who attends Richland High School in Johnstown, wanted to run for homecoming king but was instead placed on the female side of the ballot, with school administrators saying that are not able to let him run as a male because his driver’s license says he is female.
He was elected as a female, but then told to bring his own date rather than be escorted by one of the males on the court, the news release says. Caron plans to request that he be moved to the male side and that two females be added to the court – one to take his spot, and one to act as his escort, the release says.
He and his family also want to ask the school board that he be allowed to wear the color graduation gown that boys wear when graduation time rolls around. He’s expected to visit the school board tonight, the release says.
Richland administrators aren’t commenting, according to a local news story.
That’s very similar to Issak Wolfe’s situation last year. Wolfe, whose legal name is Sierra Stambaugh, was placed on the female side of the prom ballot instead of the male side, where he thought his name would appear. He also wanted to have his male name read at graduation. The Red Lion district allowed Wolfe to wear the color graduation robes that boys wear, but read his legal name during the graduation ceremony.
“It’s disgraceful that a school district would have the audacity to do this again to someone else,” Wolfe said, in the news release from student equality group, adding that he thinks Kasey has a chance at winning his requests there.