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Transgender Student, Barred From Prom, Sues His High School Principal

HAMMOND, IND. (CN) - West Side High School Principal Diana Rouse unconstitutionally prohibited a "transgender person whose sex is male but whose expression of gender is feminine" from the Senior Prom because he wore a traditional prom dress, the student claims in Federal Court.

Plaintiff Kevin Logan also sued the Gary Community School Corporation and its Superintendent Mary Steele-Agee.

Logan claims Principal Rouse physically prevented him from entering the door to the prom, on the bogus claim that "clothing/accessories that advertise sexual orientation" are "inappropriate."

Logan says that his classmates have supported him throughout his school career, and that he wore women's clothing throughout his high school days.

Because of the defendants' discriminatory conduct, he says, he spent prom night in the parking lot, humiliated and excluded from the company of his friends.

Logan demands punitive damages. He is represented by William Gantz with Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal of Chicago. See complaint.

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