Another Mississippi high school student affected by homophobic community

Following the recent ‘lesbian prom’ incident comes a Mississippi high school student who was completely ignored in her senior yearbook because she chose to wear a tuxedo in the formal photos instead of a dress.

Although the local ACLU wrote a letter requesting usage of the tuxedo photo – Copiah County School District officials refused. The student was not allowed to have her photo appear – and there’s no mention of Ceara Rodriguez’s name in the publication.

She and her mother commissioned the local ACLU to protest school officials’ October 2009 decision. The school refused to acknowledge her entirely – and the omission was discovered when the yearbook was delivered.

From Jackson Free Press:

“It’s like she’s nobody there, even though she’s gone to school there for 12 years,” [Ceara’s mother] Rodriguez said. “They mentioned none of her accolades, even though she’s one of the smartest students there with wonderful grades. They’ve got kids in the book that have been busted for drugs. There’s even a picture of one of the seniors who dropped out of school.

“I don’t get it. Ceara is a top student. Why would they do this to her?”

Copiah County School District spokeswoman Martha Traxler refused to comment on the school’s reason for excluding Sturgis from the senior page, and referred all questions to Copiah County attorney Olen Bryant, Jr. Bryant did not immediately return calls.

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