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Texas High School Reverses Decision, Allows Transgender Student to Wear Dress to Prom: VIDEO


Tony Zamazal, a trans student at Spring High School in Houston, will be allowed to wear a dress to prom after the national and Texas ACLU got involved following reports in February that Zamazal's request was denied, the ACLU reports:

"Like every other student, Tony deserves to feel comfortable and be herself at prom," said Amanda Goad, staff attorney with the ACLU Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender Project. "We're glad that Spring ISD has affirmed Tony's First Amendment rights."

The ACLU sent a letter to the principal on March 18, explaining that both federal law and the U.S. Constitution protect Zamazal's right to wear a dress to prom. The school district responded last week and affirmed that it will allow Zamazal to attend the prom in the formal clothing of her choice.

"Tony has the right under both federal statutes and the U.S. Constitution to express her gender identity," said Adriana Pinon, senior staff attorney with the ACLU of Texas. "Students' legal rights aren't something that public schools get to put up to a vote. We're happy to see the school do the right thing."

Watch a February KHOU report on Zamazal, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Very happy for Tony, but given the school was literally forced into making this decision, I hope that all eyes are on the faculty/students at this school to ensure that they don't mistreat Tony or allow mistreatment during the prom. At least she's a senior so after graduation, time to get the hell out of dodge.

    Posted by: Francis | Apr 5, 2013 9:19:43 AM

  2. Can some trans sisters come help this kid before he goes to the prom cuz he is looking busted as a woman. I'm not trying to be mean but the whole look is like some broke ass cracked out hooker in a Halloween wig. It makes him look crazy. Kinda reminds me of Crackie Jackie from Reno 911. But I seriously hope she gets it together and looks fierce at prom.

    Posted by: Sean | Apr 5, 2013 10:19:05 AM

  3. Great news!

    Posted by: Mike | Apr 5, 2013 10:49:22 AM

  4. Next Headline: "Towleroad commenter Rick goes ballistic over Spring, Texas trans-teen being allowed to wear dress to high school prom; self-professed 'masculine' internet troll cuts off own penis with dull-bladed pocket knife.'

    Posted by: Dull Blade | Apr 5, 2013 10:57:04 AM

  5. My heart shrinks down to a vapor of ice at the very thought of the kind of blind nerve it would take to be Tony and actually go to the prom under these circumstances. What kind of being could do it? The bravest, fiercest, most stubborn, tough, idiotic or heroic? I can't imagine it at all and don't know what to think.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Apr 5, 2013 11:02:45 AM

  6. Sing out Laverne: Schlemiel! Zamazal! Hasenpfeffer Incorporated! You're gonna do it!

    Keep making those dreams come true.

    Posted by: Acronym Jim | Apr 5, 2013 11:06:31 AM

  7. In running this story on Towleraod, I guess Andy Towle is telling us that a story about dude who identifies as a girl and wants to go to her prom in a dress is relevant to gay people.

    Andy Towle thinks that gay boys want to be girls and wear dresses. Shame on Andy Towle for spreading 1950s stereotypes about gay people.

    Posted by: Diego | Apr 5, 2013 12:57:43 PM

  8. Actually, Diego, Andy is doing the right thing by highlighting this story, among others. That prejudice and injustice and a daily struggle and fight to be yourself, in a world that doesn't want you to be who you are, is ongoing.

    Some transgendered people are gay, some are not. Some are bisexual. This is one transperson's story. Why doe it upset you so much?

    If you're so concerned about "spreading stereotypes", how about your make a little youtube video yourself and you can show the world how non-stereotypical you are?

    Of course this story is relevant to gay people - gay people are still often not allowed to bring their same-sex partners or dates to proms. Others "would" be allowed but they're too afraid to do it. It's about defying a culture of bigotry, prejudice, and fear.

    Shame on you for not being smarter, in 2013.

    And ROCK ON, TONY! Have a blast at your prom. Your strength and resilience is inspiring.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Apr 5, 2013 1:05:03 PM

  9. @Uffda:

    Ice is not a vapor. And going to a prom in a dress does not make one the "bravest" or most "heroic" person in the world. Bravery and heroism involve sacrifice for others. A firefighter who runs into a burning building to save a baby is heroic.

    Dressing up like a girl for prom is for this kid's own enjoyment and benefit, and he is likely to be protected during the whole event. So heroic? Not so much.

    Posted by: Matteom | Apr 5, 2013 1:16:48 PM

  10. He's more of a hero than you, Matteom. BTW, standing up to institutionalized discrimination and doing so without ever backing down, taking it head on and fighting back against it and eventually winning, is brave. Very brave. And something that can give many kids out there struggling with their gender identity or who are trans but worried about backlash, some hope and someone to relate and look up to.

    Posted by: Francis | Apr 5, 2013 1:32:22 PM

  11. Anti-gay prejudice is still bad enough that we get grown adults hoping that people can't tell that they're gay.

    It takes courage and strength to come out, live openly and live visibly.

    This is, of course, utterly true for our trans brothers and sisters. If you don't think it takes an incredible amount of strength and courage to go out each day and "present" something that the still-prejudiced and ignorant world chooses to take issue with, you're either utterly delusional, or a trolling closet case that doesn't want to assign the label of "bravery" to people you don't want to think are, in actuality, much braver than you.

    Heroism can be a simple thing - as simple as openly and visibly defying cultural bigotry.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Apr 5, 2013 1:54:05 PM

  12. @Little Kiwi:

    If this kid wants to be recognized as a girl, then I say fine. But in that case, the only way she could be gay is if he likes girls. Is there any proof that she likes girls? No. She almost certainly likes guys, which makes her straight. What these trans activists want is to have it both ways. "Gays, you have to treat me like a girl, but then, even though I like dudes and am straight, you still have to consider me one of you." It is all very dishonest.

    Posted by: Diego | Apr 5, 2013 4:08:32 PM

  13. That made no sense whatsoever.
    Did you eat a brain tumor for breakfast?

    It's not remotely dishonest - she's transgendered and wants to go to prom as herself, not an image that she does not relate to.

    Why are you upset about it? What decent human beings want is for our culture to allow us all to be exactly who we are: gay, bi, trans, etc.

    What's your problem? That she got to wear a dress and you didn't? Or that she doesn't care what people think and you do?

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Apr 5, 2013 4:15:14 PM

  14. Littlekiwi, there is no reasoning with anti-trans folks. They're willfully ignorant and have no intention of changing.

    Posted by: MateoM | Apr 5, 2013 4:42:16 PM

  15. @ "What these trans activists want is to have it both ways."


    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Apr 5, 2013 4:47:18 PM

  16. Ok so this kid wants to wear a dress to the prom- is he bringing a guy as date- is he just a trannie in waiting? For a guy who like to wear women's clothe he did not seem particularly effeminate?

    Posted by: jaragon | Apr 5, 2013 5:59:46 PM

  17. Jargon: For a guy on an LGBT website, do you not seem particularly transphobic?

    Posted by: MateoM | Apr 5, 2013 6:14:19 PM

  18. I'm not transphobic! Just trying to understand this issue.

    Posted by: jaragon | Apr 5, 2013 8:59:50 PM

  19. Jaragon,

    Then start your understanding by NOT using the word "trannie"[sic].

    I recommend begin your research here:


    Posted by: Acronym Jim | Apr 5, 2013 10:39:40 PM

  20. Rock on Tony! You are changing more lives than you may know just by being authentic and asking to be treated with dignity and fairness.

    If you are reading this, please let us know how Prom goes!

    And for the record, do you prefer to be referred to as "he" or "she"?

    Have a wonderful time! I'm proud of you.

    Posted by: Marc | Apr 6, 2013 4:51:49 AM

  21. Anyone who thinks Tony isn't brave and is in for a night of happy fun times at the prom has clearly never been to a prom in Texas.

    In Texas, conformity is king and individual self-expression is met with a response similar to a floating turd in a public pool.

    I truly hope Tony has the kind of support system in place to help her through.

    Posted by: FFS | Apr 7, 2013 4:19:18 AM

  22. I am pleased to see that this student is willing to put herself out there, and the school is unwilling to take this fight on. Let's hope a good ending for her.

    Posted by: Tom Nunnery | Apr 8, 2013 8:31:23 PM

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