High School Student Banned From Yearbook For Not Wearing ‘Girl’ Clothes
A high school student was banned from the yearbook for not wearing a dress. Jessica Urbina, a graduating senior at Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory School in San Francisco won’t have her photograph included because she wasn’t wearing the proper attire, which according to school rules is a that boys must wear a shirt, tie and jacket and girls must wear drapes, which I suppose means a dress in this case (even though I wish girl students would take this literally and show up all Scarlett O’Hara’d up.)
Instead, Jessica rocked her yearbook pic wearing a tux.
From SF Gate:
“As we prepare to pass out yearbooks, it is always regretful when a student portrait is omitted for any reason,” the statement said. “We will continue to work tirelessly to ensure that all students are included in the future. We want to reassure our community that all graduating seniors are represented in the commencement program.”
Principal Gary Cannon told reporters, “Straight, gay, bi, transgender, all that. They’re all welcome at Sacred Heart Cathedral, and at the same time we’re going to be clear in terms of being a Catholic institution what the Catholic church teaches and how do we live out that faith in a meaningful way, and in a supportive way with all of our students.”
It sounds like our new friend Gary here is a reasonable sort, and I hope they decide to include Jessica’s pic, because she looks adorable and to be honest, who the hell cares anyway? Graduating high school should always be celebrated, and I don’t care what kids wear in their yearbook pics, as long as they aren’t wearing T-shirts that are racist or bigoted or wearing some full body mascot outfit. I hate controversies like this because they seem like such non-issues in the great big scheme of things. What will including the photograph of a girl rocking a tuxedo do? Will it cause other students not to graduate high school? Will it cause rioting? Or are they seriously worried that it will make the other kids get the gay because Jessica just happens to be a lesbian who wanted to wear a tuxedo? The sweet part of this story is that a lot of people are supporting Jessica, and her girlfriend told reporters, “I support my girlfriend. I love my school, and I want to make it as good as it can be for people like us.”
And here’s your awww to go with that: