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Lambda Legal & IN District Settle Over Trans Student Case

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An Indiana School District has settled its case with a transgender student who was barred from attending her prom in a dress.

Gary Community School Corporation has officially apologized to former student K.K. Logan. Lambda Legal had filed suit against the district in 2007 claiming that Logan’s freedom of expression had been violated. At the time, Logan identified as a “feminine male.”

Principal Diane Rouse reportedly blocked the gown-wearing teen from entering the 2006 senior dance by stretching her arms across the door. Rouse was trying to enforce a decade’s old dress code that prohibited any clothing that advertised one’s sexual orientation or “portray[ed] the wearer as a person of the opposite gender.”

But Lambda Legal Senior Staff Attorney Christopher Clark says the two parties have now settled the matter for an undisclosed amount and the advocacy group is happy with the results.

CLARK: “We felt like we accomplished a lot and that’s very exciting. It’s unfortunate that it took some time to get there, but we did get there.”

Gary School District spokeswoman Sarita Stevens tells OutQ News that a MANDATORY training session for all administrative staff was held earlier this year on LGBT issues. She says, “Like in all cases, where there are issues that are newly being addressed, there are new opinions and concerns and people have a right to express that. We were creating a standard for everyone so there wouldn’t be decisions made by personal reaction.”

Stevens says the district has also changed its dress code for extracurricular activities.

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Written by Xorje Olivares

February 7, 2011 at 3:42 PM

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