Gay High School Student Suspended For Wearing Nail Polish

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Trevor Wilkinson is an openly gay 17-year-old from Texas who was suspended by his school for wearing nail polish to school. Following the ordeal, he gave a powerful speech on inclusivity at a local school board meeting. During his speech, he spoke about how the school administration denies his education due to gender stereotypes that don’t belong in this century.

Wilkinson is a senior at Clyde High School in Texas, and it has been reported that he was suspended by his school after he returned from Thanksgiving break because he had his nails painted.

 

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The school informed Wilkinson that he had violated the school’s dress code with his nail art. As reported, the school’s dress code bans male students from wearing nail polish and make-up. He was told that he would be given an in-school suspension and he will stay there until he removed the nail polish. Wilkinson decided that he will not give up without a fight, and held a powerful speech to the Cylde CISD school board.

“This isn’t about me anymore. It’s about a discriminatory, sexist policy that needs to be changed. I got my education taken away from me for something as minor as painting my nails because it’s against the dress code,” – he said.

He added that the ACLU had already sent a letter to the school district even before he got his ISS that their dress code violates civil rights laws.

 

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Following his powerful speech, Wilkinson started a Change.org petition to change the school policy and went on to explain why the policy is harmful to LGBTQ+ students, especially at their age.

“Why is it against dress code for a man to be comfortable with his masculinity and defy the gender norms society has imposed on us? Why is it harmful for me to wear nail polish? If it’s not harmful for girls to wear it, why is it harmful for males?” – he continued.

 

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The petition has since been signed more than 363k times, but even though, the school board still hasn’t changed the rules.

This is what Clyde Superintendent Kenny Berry said in a statement:

“As set out in Board policy, Clyde CISD believes students should attend school in a safe and supportive environment that promotes equality for all, and the District takes all appropriate measures to ensure its actions align with that policy. While the District expects students to abide by established rules of conduct, the District is also always open to reconsidering policies or rules that do not reflect the District’s intentions. To that end, the District will conduct a thorough review of its dress code when it performs its annual review of the Student Handbook and, until that time, the District will assure that no student is treated in a discriminatory or inequitable manner.”

You can watch the powerful speech Wilkinson gave at the board meeting below.