Court Hands Transgender Student Crushing Defeat After Suing Over Dress Code Policy for Graduation

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A 17-year-old boy has just learned the facts of life as decided by a federal judge, which means that as a biological male he cannot wear a dress to his high school graduation.

On Friday night, U.S. District Court Judge Taylor McNeel for the Southern District of Mississippi turned away a request from the America Civil Liberties Union and the student’s parents that the student, identified as L.B., be allowed to wear a white dress to Harrison Central High School Saturday graduation, according to WLOX.

McNeel said the case did not warrant “extraordinary relief in changing the status quo in a short time period.”

McNeel, who was appointed by former President Donald Trump, defined the status quo as the school’s insistence that it follow a dress code that specifies different attire for each gender.

In making the ruling, McNeel said cases involving dress codes involving transgender individuals are limited and similar cases didn’t exist.

During Friday’s hearing, the student said he wore dresses throughout high school and was accepted by everyone in the school as if he was female.

Harrison County School District Superintendent Mitchell King told the court he felt it was his obligation to uphold the dress code. He said he checked the code after seeing a male student in a dress at a school event.

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