GRAND RAPIDS – The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Michigan welcomed today’s announcement by Mona Shores High School in Muskegon, Michigan that it will allow students to vote for a “prom court” this spring rather than a prom queen or king.
The announcement comes after controversy erupted in the fall when the school denied transgender student Oak Reed the chance to be homecoming king.
The ACLU, with assistance from the law firm Sidley Austin LLP,sent the school a letter following the homecoming vote expressing concern about suppressing free speech and discrimination based on gender identity. Voting for the upcoming prom court will be open to all juniors and seniors.
He was permitted to wear a male uniform for the marching band and will wear a male cap and gown for graduation.
However, after his classmates voted for him to serve as homecoming king, the school district said that Reed could not be chosen because his school records indicate that he is female.