Civil rights groups demand La Feria ISD to allow transgender student's photo in yearbook

Human Rights Campaign

POSTED: Wednesday, November 13, 2013 - 5:55pm

UPDATED: Thursday, November 14, 2013 - 1:23pm

One tuxedo has the La Feria Independent School District up in arms...

Jeyden Loredo, a transgender student at La Feria High School, was told that the picture he took in a tuxedo would not make the cut for the yearbook because it violated "community standards." 

Because Jeyden was born as a female, the school said he should only be wearing clothes that are gender-appropriate.

Now, Civil Rights groups Southern Law Poverty Law Center and Human Rights Campaign are demanding that Jeydon's picture be allowed in the yearbook or a federal lawsuit against the school district will ensue.

"Well I was upset about it and I wasn't gonna take the picture afterwards, but, um, the photographer said I should take the picture because I had already paid for it and it would just be for memories and stuff so I ended up taking the picture," said Loredo. "Even my friends are totally supportive of having the photo in there so I don't see why it's such a big deal."

"It makes me very angry because he does have all of our support, his family's support, and for the school district to make this decision or the superintendent to make this decision, um, it makes me angry," said Jeydon's mother, Stella Loredo.

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