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Transgender California Teen, Suspended For Dress Code, Slams School's Double-Standard

HolidayyStaceyy Holidayy, a 15-year old, transgender high school student, received a two-day suspension from officials at El Rancho High School for a dress code violation last Wednesday. Holidayy's blouse had cut-outs that exposed parts of her upper and lower back, as well as her undergarments.

The student claims that she was actually attempting to get a rise out of her school's officials, due in part to the confusing mixed messages she has received regarding their acceptance of her female identity. Holidayy was reportedly urged to use a private bathroom in the nurse's office to change for gym class and use the restroom, making the consistently bullied teen wonder at the school's pick-and-choose recognition of her gender identity.

Whittier Daily News reports:

“I don’t know how they can suspend me because I broke rules for girls when I can’t use the girls restroom or locker room,” she said Friday at her home.

El Rancho Unified School District Superintendent Martin Galindo disputed that claim.

“Staceyy was suspended for not changing out of her partially backless top,” he explained. “She was given multiple chances to change but refused.”


He explained that school officials concluded that it would be safer for Holidayy, who chose to use the double y’s in her first and last names because she wanted her female moniker to be unique, to change for P.E. class in the nurse’s office, as well as use the office’s restroom.

The two parties disagree on Holidayy’s acceptance of that practice.

Galindo said she agreed to the arrangement, while Holidayy said she had no choice but to do so. “It made me feel bad and different using the nurse’s office,” she said.

Galindo also assured that Holidayy is technically allowed to use female facilities at the school, in accordance with California's AB1266 legislation which protects transgender youth's use of facilities that match their gender identity in California public schools. For Holidayy, the incident is another in a long line of difficulties she has faced.

“I just want things to change, to get better,” she said.

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  1. Maybe the school didn't want him dressing like a sl_ut. I can't see how there's a double standard.

    Posted by: sam | Jan 16, 2014 3:35:59 PM

  2. Brave young lady. And yes, the school isn't doing the right thing to harbor a safe environment that is also an UNDERSTANDING one.

    We should all be as strong and resilient of Ms. Holidayy.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jan 16, 2014 3:38:17 PM

  3. This reminds me of another story in which a trans woman was arrested for baring her boobs, but then locked up with the men. Double standards are pretty common for trans folks, and it seems like those in positions of authority seem to enjoy using whatever gender is least convenient for that trans person at that particular moment.

    Posted by: Thedrdonna | Jan 16, 2014 3:41:12 PM

  4. @ "Maybe the school didn't want him dressing like a sl_ut. I can't see how there's a double standard."

    Humph. Sam-- my pretty 55 year old azz. There is no damn Sam. It's Rick.

    Rick, why don't you just use your own "original" posting name? Aren't you afraid that folks will think that you're f.cking crazy? I guess you just don't give a damn...well, because you ARE crazy. So be it.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Jan 16, 2014 4:03:41 PM

  5. whyy for the love of all that's holyy does she use two y's?


    Posted by: jaker | Jan 16, 2014 4:34:28 PM

  6. Agree with Jaker. She's going to regret that name so much when she grows up.

    Posted by: bernard | Jan 16, 2014 4:50:44 PM

  7. It is really despicable that Towleroad posts about this transgender nonsense when there is real persecution and suffering going on in the world. Hear something about gays in Nigeria? How about the persecution of gays and lesbians in Belarus?

    No, let's post a long piece about some loudmouth idiot, a "transgender" who identifies as heterosexual, and who thinks there is a civil right to wear a "backless top" to school.

    Posted by: Dev | Jan 16, 2014 5:16:22 PM

  8. Her _name_ bothers you? She's a kid, for god's sake.
    She is perfectly correct that there is a double standard!

    Posted by: Lifesart | Jan 16, 2014 5:21:22 PM

  9. DEV are you reading the same blog as the rest of us? In the last three days alone there have been 10 articles on Nigeria and 14 articles on Russia. I don't know what you're smoking/drinking but you might want to lay off on it a little.

    Posted by: alliefoo | Jan 16, 2014 7:52:39 PM

  10. RE: the double y's. Ah, the folly of youth. When you get to later stages of life, you tend to look back and laugh at choices you made. I went though a rebellious phase in high school where I tried to accentuate my identity, too. Years from now, she will probably laugh at how she spelled her name.

    That said, her complaint regarding the double standard is valid.

    Posted by: alex | Jan 16, 2014 8:51:18 PM

  11. Whyy , ohh whyy, aree theyy soo meann?

    Posted by: Enchantra | Jan 17, 2014 12:57:57 AM

  12. She has a point about the school's double standard, but she admits she was intentionally flouting the rules and ignoring the warnings. It's not like she was sent to jail, so put it in perspective.

    (What's with transsexuals and ridiculous names?)

    Posted by: Knock | Jan 17, 2014 10:53:18 AM

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