The last time I checked, expression and speech were protected by the U.S. Constitution. A long time ago, people fought a really big war (long before we started fighting over someone else’s oil) and signed some really important documents to ensure our freedoms and rights.
And, these right are supposed to apply to all of us, right? What about students like Ceara Sturgis? This young woman wanted to wear a tux in her yearbook picture. The school required that boys wear a tux and girls wear some sort of drape (sounds weird to me no matter what you’d prefer to wear…it’s not clothes!); Ceara was more comfortable in a tux. Apparently, her parents were fine with it. And it kept within the range of what the students were required to wear…it’s not like she decided she wanted to shave her head and wear a purple velvet leisure suit…but the school was having none of it. So, the yearbook had none of Ceara. Nothing…no sign of her. So, now as a graduating senior, not only is she invisible in her own yearbook, she has to fight the school.
Just as I’m proud of the folks who came before us and fought for civil rights and women’s rights, and the LGBT folks who stood up to years of abuse, I’m extremely proud of Ceara and kids like her, for standing up for what they believe in and what is right. But, geez, isn’t it about time they shouldn’t have to?