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High School Student Suspended For Drag: VIDEO

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The gams pictured above belong to teenager Warren Evans. He was suspended last week from Calvert High School, in southern Maryland, for showing up for class in drag. Evans insists he didn't violate his school's dress code -- the code apparently dictates what length a student's skirt must be, but says nothing about a skirt wearer's gender -- and the school refuses to comment.

In the below video, Evans takes a lot of guff from Calvert parents scandalized by his fashion statement. Evans handles the attention gracefully. He comes off as confident and thoughtful, and his dad seems extremely cool. Watch AFTER THE JUMP ...

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  1. I am just glad Warren has such a great dad. He will get through this and be stronger for it. I'm sorry he lives in such a hostile environment, but he is making it easier for those who follow him. What a strong person!

    Posted by: NullNaught | May 19, 2012 10:44:53 AM


  2. Warren Sweetie, you're being used by the local news there as comedic relief , no matter how faux-serious they talk. Did they ask you to run for the cameras gurl?

    Posted by: MarkUs | May 19, 2012 10:50:35 AM


  3. Gross. Why is Maryland so hateful? I went to my high school prom in Oklahoma dressed as Cher and they voted me prom queen. I rocked that Cher outfit. Maryland is gross.

    Posted by: Alan | May 19, 2012 10:51:02 AM


  4. You GO, Kid

    Posted by: Kile Ozier | May 19, 2012 10:59:15 AM


  5. Don't ever let anyone define who you are. Only you can define yourself. So proud of you for standing up for what you believe.

    Posted by: Support | May 19, 2012 10:59:57 AM


  6. He does know how to put an outfit together, but this will be a catalyst for uniforms in that school.

    Posted by: Billy | May 19, 2012 11:03:25 AM


  7. You go kid and stay strong, but lotion up those knees and check those heels before you break an ankle :)

    Posted by: Beef and Fur | May 19, 2012 11:04:31 AM


  8. Warren is lucky to have the support of his family. Stay strong and be who you want to be but don't run in heels, it is bad for your joints and dangerous.

    Posted by: GRAY | May 19, 2012 11:11:51 AM


  9. This guy is the Rosa Parks of transgender rights...

    Posted by: Luke | May 19, 2012 11:29:14 AM


  10. Difficult to know for whom to feel sympathetic. On the one hand, s/he seems kind of pathetic (not to mention monstrously unattractive), and desperately in need of drama and attention. On the other hand, once again public school officials show absolutely no ability address this kind of situation with finesse or sensitivity. And what happens if a kid comes to school wearing a kilt?

    Also, what's this non-sense about 'openly bi-sexual'? Bi-sexuality is not what's motivating the kid to wear skirts--gender identity issues or transvestitism, maybe.

    Posted by: Virilene. | May 19, 2012 11:59:04 AM


  11. BEST WISHES, WARREN!!!

    Posted by: WayneMPLS | May 19, 2012 12:11:31 PM


  12. This whole situation is sad. The student is obviously struggling with transsexual issues. She needs support and understanding, and the adults in her life just aren't there for her. If there are any Transwomen in that community who can act as mentors, I hope they will reach out to a sister in need.

    Posted by: Stuffed Animal | May 19, 2012 12:29:04 PM


  13. WARREN FTW
    Best wishes sweetie, and your dad is cool.
    Rock that prom dress!

    @MARKUS: you may think the news is being disrespectful, but I have to see this as progress -- in my day the anchor would not have said "he said it's unfair and some parents agree", the anchor would have said "What is he/she/it thinking?" and openly snickered.

    @VIRLINE: I don't think this is attention-whoring -- a straight boy who shows up "in drag" looks like Puck or the fools on "Work It". This kid put together a look -- very Solange Knowles. ;)

    Posted by: Bubbles | May 19, 2012 12:44:11 PM


  14. School is no place to cross-dress. Keep that for the clubs and home. It's an annoying distraction and this issue is not a legitimate gay rights issue. Seriously.

    Posted by: nikko | May 19, 2012 12:50:09 PM


  15. Best wishes and support in all you do

    But remember to take the price tag off your shoe!

    Posted by: sue ellen | May 19, 2012 12:58:08 PM


  16. Here we go again...

    Posted by: jim | May 19, 2012 12:59:40 PM


  17. Awesome kid and an awesome dad. Warren is a distraction? Your ugly face is a distraction stupid haters.

    Posted by: Jersey | May 19, 2012 1:02:33 PM


  18. @Nikko I agree with you, F*** being PC.

    Posted by: Billy | May 19, 2012 1:08:56 PM


  19. Jesus, I'm glad I'm not a school administrator.

    Posted by: UFFDA | May 19, 2012 1:09:44 PM


  20. Same ole, same ole. Culver is a socially-conservative, old-money place similar to Orange County, except Southern and older (ie. more red). Average age is 41. So basically, we're once again talking about a story of conservatives who place the blame on LGBT/gender queer individuals in situations such as this. In their eyes, it's us with the problem. So instead of actually standing up for all children, they either do nothing or they punish the kid who dares not to conform.

    Social conservatives are all about conformity, schools across the country, you're "supposed" to conform. If you don't you're automatically attacked as being an attention-whore, even when it doesn't apply. It's wrong. Time to sue these schools that blatantly discriminate. We're not going to change the culture without taking action. We obviously cannot hope for decency anymore.

    Posted by: Francis | May 19, 2012 1:23:17 PM


  21. @Nikko, the only reason what you wore to high school *isn't* considered cross-dressing is that everybody else was wearing the same drag.

    Posted by: AdamA | May 19, 2012 1:27:09 PM


  22. Maryland isn't hateful; some people in Maryland are. Recent polls indicate that a majority of Marylanders support marriage equality. Don't let the actions determine how you view the Free State.

    Posted by: Peter | May 19, 2012 1:27:57 PM


  23. Uh, Alan - STFU. Maryland is not "gross"...what are you, 15?

    Maryland just passed gay marriage in the legislature.

    Posted by: B-rod | May 19, 2012 2:24:39 PM


  24. Culver?

    Posted by: SteveInDEsteveinde | May 19, 2012 3:00:41 PM


  25. His father is exactly what a father should be - understanding and supportive of his son.

    For all the talk the trolls like to make about how "effeminate gays" or "gender-nonconformists" won't be accepted, well here's more proof that you're wrong. the only people who dont' accept and make an effort to understand gender-nonconformity are, frankly, insecure pathetic little bigots. and it'll be a cold day in hell before any self-respecting LGBT people bow down and cater to their baseless chosen prejudices. that behavior is exclusively the domain of the Resentful Homosexual, not those of us who respect ourselves.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | May 19, 2012 3:12:49 PM


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