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Thu February 17, 2011
Michigan high school to have gender-neutral prom court
Students at Mona Shores High School in Muskegon will no longer vote for a prom king or queen.
Instead, they’ll vote for a gender-neutral prom court.
The change is the result of pressure from the ACLU of Michigan and Mona Shores students after a popular transgender student was elected homecoming king.
The school denied the student, Oak Reed, his crown because school records list him as a female.
Miriam Aukerman is an attorney with the Michigan ACLU. She said the organization sent a letter to the school which, along with student support for Oak, prompted the change. Aukerman says she was impressed by the support the students gave Oak throughout the process:
"There was [sic] a lot of students who rallied around Oak and his slogan that someone different can be king and I think the school felt a lot of pressure from that," said Aukerman.
Oak will now serve on the Mona Shores High School prom court.
-Bridget Bodnar, Michigan Radio Newsroom