York County transgender student resists district's name policy

Written by The Associated Press | May 17, 2013 4:34 AM
Rainbow flag, gay rights

(Red Lion) -- A transgender student in York County is asking a school district to reverse its decision to read his female name at next month's graduation ceremony. 

Eighteen-year-old Issak Wolfe and more than 50 supporters wearing stickers saying "His name is Issak" attended last night's Red Lion Area School District board meeting.

They brought with them a petition of 2,000 signatures urging the board to allow Wolfe to use his male name. 

The school board listened to Wolfe's prepared statement but did not make any decision and said they'll continue discussions.

Wolfe will be allowed to wear a boy's black graduation gown, but officials say he will be announced by his given female name as he walks across the stage.

Board solicitor Benjamin Pratt said it has always been procedure to use students' legal names.

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