Alex Blaze

Here's something to brighten your day

Filed By Alex Blaze | May 08, 2008 2:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Living, Transgender & Intersex
Tags: New York, protest, school, transgender

A group of 60 high school students in New York this week cross-dressed to school to show their support for a transgender classmate. It's enough to make me think that Waymon might be right about the kidz today.

The interesting parts of the article are after the jump.

It wasn't a spur-of-the-moment decision that drove Brewster High School student Michael Loscalzo to go to school dressed as a girl.

"Years of taking judgment made me decide to stick up for myself," said Loscalzo, 17. "All my life, people either said I was weird or that I was gay."

The Brewster High School sophomore recently revealed his secret about his desire to become a woman by going to class wearing makeup and feminine attire. His choice has reverberated through the halls.

Loscalzo said school officials warned him Friday that he could be suspended if he continued to cross-dress, a claim that administrators denied yesterday.

In a show of support, several students have organized an "Equality Protest" this week, by showing up to school dressed in garments of the opposite sex.

Yesterday, about a dozen teens gathered at a local deli with boys wearing skirts, wigs and dresses and girls donning caps, cargo pants and T-shirts. They said about 60 students cross-dressed yesterday, though school officials said the number was far less.

"We want Mike to feel more comfortable in his surroundings," said senior Shannon Dodd, 18, one of the organizers. "We're letting the student body know that it's OK to dress this way."...

(h/t Lena at TGB)

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As ususal, the kids are more enlightened than the parents and administrators are.

This made my day!

I'm 52, if I'd worn a skirt to school I likely wouldn't have lived to tell the tale. As it was, I was harassed often enough for the clothes I wore and being a "sissy". To see this scenario where other kids cross dressed in support is awesome. Waymon is right, kids today rock!

What is ringing in my ears is what my two sons said at their workshop at the IFGE Conference. My youngest, Bryan, was asked how he was going to handle it when his son (2.5 years old) starts going to school. He stated that by then, it will be nothing. My oldest, Robert, agreed with him. Seems those who are 14 years older then my grandson are already paving the way. Yes, this did brighten my day.

Awwww . . . that's so fucking rad! I love queer the kids today. It's only been 10 years since I graduated high school, but this never would have happened in my day. Fuck yeah!

Alex: Thank you for posting this.

When you hear so much about cruel and unusual treatment by some quack doctors using outdated and harmful aversion therapy on gender variant children, and then you read of some enlightened students standing up for their classmate, you have to wonder who it really is with the emotional problems. It isn't the compassionate students.

This story gives me a lot of hope for the future at a time when we really need it.

Thanks, Alex.

Robert Ganshorn Robert Ganshorn | May 9, 2008 4:29 AM

sometimes learning can be fun, but yet, there is so much harassment in so many places. Not to rain on the parade, but how much of this is sincere and how much is this teen age "goofing" before summer break? I would breed more understanding though.

Good for them! :-D I hope the staff join in next time . . . X

Isn't it surprising to see people behaving nicely anymore? It give you faith in the human race.