This has got to be the quote of the week from Ceara Sturgis’ mother Veronica Rodriguez.
Copiah County (Miss.) School District has banned Ceara’s senior photo from the yearbook because she dressed just like she has dressed for the past 13 years while attending this school, in traditionally male attire – a tuxedo.
The district representatives have stated that only males are to be in tuxedo for senior portraits while all females are to be photographed in formal dresses.
Ceara’s mother, Veronica Rodriguez, said school officials are trying to force her daughter — who doesn’t even own a dress — to appear more feminine.
“The tux is who she is. She wears boys’ clothes. She’s athletic. She’s gay. She’s not feminine,” said Rodriguez.
And it would appear that Ceara’s character as a student in the district is unassailable. Every article on this subject takes note to emphasize that as opposed to a ‘trouble maker’ this student is somewhat of a school star:
Sturgis is a standout student at Wesson Attendance Center, a K-12 school with about 1,000 students. She is a National Honor Society member, active in school athletics and other extracurricular activities.
On Friday, she played trumpet with the marching band at the school football game in Enterprise. Sturgis said she wants to press forward with her fight to be included in the yearbook.
So, it’s okay to be yourself when that self excels at nearly everything and makes the school look great and supports all the activities other students are doing in the community. B U T when it comes to expressing your inner and defining identity – please keep that private. The school adminstration is no interested – and in fact NOT AMUSED. They will take it as their duty to erase you from the history of the program altogether.
P.S. I wonder just how long it will be before some in the media begin to question the biologic gender of this young gender rebel. Cuz you know, if you are really good at everything and you aren’t a trouble maker and you look like a boy…
Sorry, I still havent gotten over the way the media handled Caster Semenya.