Saturday, June 8, 2013

Transgender Teen Issak Wolfe Graduates Wearing Traditional Male Black Cap And Gown But His Legal Name Is Read; Receives Graduation Card Signed By More Than 1,300

An update on a story I have been following: In Pennsylvania, after the graduation ceremony at Red Lion Area Senior High School, Issak Wolfe received flowers and a binder that included a graduation card signed online by more than 1,300 people from across the country. Wolfe, a transgender student, had asked the school district to read his preferred name during the graduation ceremony. The district allowed Wolfe to wear a black cap and gown, which male students wear, but read his legal name, Sierra Stambaugh. The Pennsylvania Student Equality Coalition presented the flowers, cards and news stories. "It's amazing," he said. Wolfe said it would have been "fantastic" to have his preferred name read at graduation, but "they're going to go down in history as doing the wrong thing, and I think that hits them harder than they even know." Jason Landau Goodman, executive director of the Pennsylvania Student Equality Coalition, said they wanted to express their gratitude and thanks to Wolfe for speaking up on behalf of the discrimination he was facing. "He has been an inspiration to countless people across the state and across the country and world," Goodman said. Wolfe said the class had a great time at graduation. "I think we're going to go on to have bright and amazing futures that no one could ever imagine for us," he said.

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