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ACLU: Pa. school will allow transgender teen at prom

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    The American Civil Liberties Union has warned legal action against a central Pennsylvania school district if a transgender student is barred from attending prom with his girlfriend and the chance to run for prom king.More >>
    The American Civil Liberties Union has warned legal action against a central Pennsylvania school district if a transgender student is barred from attending prom with his girlfriend and the chance to run for prom king.More >>
RED LION, Pa. (WHTM) -

A central Pennsylvania school district will allow a transgender student and his girlfriend to attend prom Saturday night, according to the American Civil Liberties Union, which had threatened legal action if the couple were barred from attending.

The ACLU said it was informed of the Red Lion Area School District's decision Friday, just hours after the organization sent a letter warning the district that it had violated Issak Wolfe's First Amendment rights.

Wolfe, an 18-year-old senior, claimed that high school principal Mark Shue and other administrators threatened to bar him from attending prom with his girlfriend, Taylor Thomas, a graduate of the school.

Thomas had criticized Shue online after Wolfe's name was not included on a ballot for prom king, but instead his female birth name was placed on the ballot for prom queen.

Wolfe is registered at the school under his female birth name, Sierra Stambaugh. The ACLU said he has been going by Issak since his junior year of high school, and his teachers and friends call him by that name.

The ACLU said it continues to work with the district on several remaining issues. Among them, Wolfe wants an apology from Shue and a promise that future students will be allowed to run for prom king or queen in accordance with their gender identity.

The ACLU is also demanding that Wolfe be allowed to attend graduation wearing a black cap and gown for boys, as opposed to the yellow cap and gown mandated for girls, and have his male name read at the ceremony.

The school district has not returned requests for comment.

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