(Editor's note: Since this story was published, the La Feria school board has reversed course and won't bar transgender student's photo from the senior yearbook, according to the Human Rights Campaign. The news broke on Friday, Nov. 15, 2013.)
LA FERIA, Tx. -- The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) demanded today that the La Feria Independent School District allow Jeydon Loredo, a transgender student and senior at La Feria High School, to appear in his high school yearbook wearing a tuxedo or risk a federal lawsuit against the Texas school district.
The demand was made in cooperation with the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), after both organizations authored a letter of guidance earlier this month in an attempt to resolve the matter absent litigation.
HRC president Chad Griffin was contacted by a member of the Loredo family for assistance on the matter, and HRC subsequently enlisted the legal support of SPLC. Both organizations have partnered to assist Jeydon and his family. The demand letter can be found HERE.
The demand comes after the school board refused to take action on an appeal by Loredo at a public meeting Monday night, where Jeydon appeared with his mother and representatives from SPLC and HRC. The district superintendent previously forbid the publication of a photo of Jeydon wearing a tuxedo in the yearbook, saying that publishing the photograph would violate “community standards.” Jeydon, who was born female, now identifies as male with the support of his family and friends, and should be recognized as such.
Read the full story on SDGLN media partner GLBTNN HERE.