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Lesbian Student Sues School District Over Rejected Tux Photo

Lesbian Student Sues School District Over Rejected Tux Photo

By SHELIA BYRD (AP)

JACKSON, Miss. — Another teenage lesbian is suing a Mississippi school district, this time over a policy banning females from wearing tuxedos in yearbook portraits.

Ceara (SEE-ayr-uh) Sturgis’ dispute with the Copiah (kuh-PY-uh) County School District started in 2009, before another lesbian student in another Mississippi school district fought to wear a tuxedo to prom and bring a same-sex date.

The American Civil Liberties Union filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday for Sturgis, contending the Copiah schools discriminated against her on the basis of sex and gender stereotypes. Her photo and name were left out of the senior section of the yearbook.

The district’s superintendent didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Another teenage lesbian is suing a Mississippi school district, this time over a policy banning females from wearing tuxedos in yearbook portraits.

Ceara (SEE-ayr-uh) Sturgis’ dispute with the Copiah (kuh-PY-uh) County School District started in 2009, before another lesbian student in another Mississippi school district fought to wear a tuxedo to prom and bring a same-sex date.

The American Civil Liberties Union filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday for Sturgis, contending the Copiah schools discriminated against her on the basis of sex and gender stereotypes. Her photo and name was left out of the senior section of the yearbook.

The district’s superintendent didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment.

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