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Transgender Texas Student’s Tuxedo Photo Banned

by Juan A. Lozano
Friday Nov 15, 2013
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Stella Loredo, left, and her son, Jeydon Loredo
Stella Loredo, left, and her son, Jeydon Loredo  (Source:AP Photo/Southern Poverty Law Center, J Michael Short)

A South Texas transgender student says his school district is preventing a photo of him in a tuxedo from appearing in his high school’s yearbook.

Jeydon Loredo, who grew up female but now identifies as a male, says the La Feria school district is not allowing his photograph because it violates "community standards."

Jeydon’s mother, Stella Loredo, says she was told a photograph would be included only if her 18-year-old son wore feminine attire.

The Southern Poverty Law Center says it intends to file a lawsuit if a decision allowing the tuxedo photograph to be included isn’t made by Nov. 21.

In a statement, Superintendent Raymundo Villarreal says the district hopes to resolve the issue.

La Feria is located about 30 miles east of McAllen.

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  • Jonathan Willner, 2013-11-23 01:31:43

    McAllen, TX is one of the poorest cities in the country and this is what they’re concerned about! How about focusing on all the students who aren’t getting an education, are dropping out, not going to college and not finding jobs, instead of what they’re wearing in their yearbook pictures? No wonder this country is going down the drain.


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