Published on February 11th, 2012 | by Wild Gender0
School District Proposes Cross Dressing Ban
Controversy is brewing around a Virginia school district’s proposed ban on “cross dressing.” A district board member, concerned about the safety of several students who wear “dresses and wigs to school,” decided that banning apparel “not in keeping with a student’s gender,” would serve the district more than making the educational environment safer for the students in question.
The ban argues that the supposed “cross dressing,” “distracts others from the educational process or posses health concerns.”
The ban stems from issues raised by the board vice chairwoman who cited reports about students having to use faculty restrooms due to safety concerns because of their gender presentation.
There have been several reports of similar issues raised in various U.S. school districts recently, including the plight of Tyreese May, a male-identified student at Niagra Falls High School in New York was threatened with suspension after wearing a pair of stilettos to school. He twirled in the parking lot of his school today before a group of 20 protesters, some of whom brandished homemade posters that read: “Heels For One And All.”
According to Niagra Falls administration, May’s choice of footwear was “distracting,” despite the fact that several female-identified classmates were wearing a similar pair of heels. One such administrator claimed the issue was not about gender, but was instead safety-related, “in case of fire” he remarked.