Monday, November 9, 2009

Trans Student Ejected from Texas High School

17 year old O’Rhonde Chapman, a Nimitz High School senior says she’s being discriminated against because of her gender expression. The transgender teen always wears womens clothes to school but decided to wear a wig and stiletto heels, and the principal turned her away citing a violation of the male dress code.

Chapman is standing by her decision to not return to school, and fight for her right to self expression:

“I would like to be able to wear my hair and everything and still be treated the same and have an equal opportunity to have an education, as others do. I ought not be segregated or sent home because of what I have on,” Chapman said. “I am losing out on my education. That upsets me. That upsets me because I don’t go to school to be judged.”(Trans Griot).
Please support this brave young woman by demanding the school allow her to attend the way she is, and to institute policies protecting transgender youth.

Nimitz Senior High School
2005 W.W. Thorne Drive
Houston, TX 77073-3301
Phone: (281) 443-7480
E-contact form (Scroll down to Nimitz High School)

10 comments:

thegayte-keeper said...

SO sad to see that we still have such a long way to go...

Anonymous said...

This is so upsetting. I emailed the administration and encourage everyone reading this to do the same.

chronicbliss said...

If schools can't just let people be then they all need to adopt uniform codes. The exact same pants and shirt for everyone, regardless of gender.

Anonymous said...

I never saw anything in their dress code that would cover this. They are highly discriminating against men as well considering they do not allow men to wear pierced ears, must be clean shaven and keep their hair short and well groomed. If this district and school are funded with public dollars, then they are not allowed this level of discrimination. I would suggest writing to their BOE and copy in the local Fox news station. Fox loves stories like this!

Jessica Sideways said...

I intend to write them as soon as I plan dinner for tonight.

Spookymalice said...

Why is that rule even in effect? That is discrimination. IF SHE SAYS SHE IS A WOMAN SHE IS A WOMAN. Jeez.

DELLA REESE said...

THIS IS SUCH A DISGRACE!

Diane J Standiford said...

Done!

libhom said...

This is another reason why I don't want to set foot in Texas again.

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