Sometimes it’s a nationwide march for equality. Sometimes it’s congressional strategy and an extensive lobbying campaign. Today in Mississippi, it’s a high school senior in a tux.
Ceara Sturgis is a 17 year old woman attending Wesson High School in Copiah county, Mississippi. What sets her apart from her classmates is that she is an out lesbian. In a state without inclusive non-discrimination policies, no anti-bullying policy and only one high school GSA (at a school hundreds of miles away from Ceara’s), this is no easy task.
Formal senior photographs are a rite of passage in many high schools. When Ceara was preparing for hers, she decided she looked better in a tux than in the drape that most of her female classmates wore. This matter of personal style, however, was so adverse to the administration’s idea of “boys wear tuxes, girls wear drapes” that they removed her from the senior line up in the yearbook, but Ceara was brave enough to fight back.
Though it’s never an easy decision to go against the system, Ceara is being met with massive support from the Mississippi lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community and now her story is spreading across the country. Help send the message to Mississippi schools that discrimation based on sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or any other factor is wrong and will not be tolerated and show your support for a brave young world-changer.
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