We're Still Having These Fights? Local Teen Wants to Wear Dress to Prom, But School Says It Knows What's Best

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Tony's potential prom attire.
The assistant principal shouldn't have been surprised.

When Tony Zamazal, a senior at Spring High School, approached the administrator in a school hallway a few weeks ago, Zamazal had already been wearing women's attire since October. Following the holiday break, he figured it was time to bust it out at school.

"And I remember thinking, 'Okay, this won't get my faced punched in,'" Zamazal told Hair Balls.

People were getting accustomed to seeing Zamazal, a lithe 19-year-old, in attire that men aren't traditionally known to wear. And with prom bearing down in but a handful of months, Zamazal wanted to take the initiative and make sure that these recent sartorial choices -- the only gendered shift the high school had seen in some time -- would be allowed at the school's mid-May dance.

"I walked up to [the assistant principal] and told him that this is what I'm wanting to do, asking if this was even possible," Zamazal, who has not yet opted for any hormone supplements, said.

Others had been able to wear what they'd wanted, of course. Across Houston. Across Texas. He wouldn't be the first boy asking to wear a sparkling dress and inches-high heels to a school dance. The issue, by and large, seems to have faded.

But apparently the assistant principal was a gender-specific throwback. "Basically, he just shut me down like that, and without even actually talking to me to discuss it," Zamazal said. "It just really hurt. I was hoping he would tell me to come in later for an actual discussion, and actually get an answer."

But nothing. The assistant principal walked off. Zamazal would have to go to prom as the rest of the young men did -- in a coat and tails, rather than in the wig and rouge and slip he's found himself wearing more and more often.


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TexTaxAtty
TexTaxAtty

Hey Tony, a dong means you are a dude.  Thinking I'm Napoleon, or Cleopatra, or a banana peel would get me shipped off to the nut-house, but thinking I'm supposed to be a member of the other sex is NOT crazy?!? I don't understand how one is mental illness, but the other is not.  I LOVE the double standard of the LGBT community:  being gay is genetic, and that is supposed to make it God approved and mistake-proof, but apparently God made a mistake in the brains of the trangendered.

jennytulltx
jennytulltx

19 years old and still in high school?  Land's sake, gurl!  Algebra holding you back?

carlray
carlray

@jennytulltx my wife is Autistic and was in high school until she was 20 most people bye 19 are done with high school but Special Needs people are diffrant as for this guy if he is there at 19 its possible heath issues held him back a year or two anything is possible and you shouldn't judge because of his age.I was in Foster care and moved so much 1 year that i got held back but i was lucky because 3 years later i Manage to skip a grade.

jennytulltx
jennytulltx

@carlray - it could also be the algebra.  Many people struggle with it too.  I read in the Chronicle that they are considering dropping the requirement in high school at least for algebra II.  See, now don't you feel bad for chastising me?

jennytulltx
jennytulltx

@misterhaze - oh, sugar, you can enforce good taste without bigotry.  Oh, as to your cleavage remark, you haven't been a high school recently, have you?

misterhaze
misterhaze

So then where do we draw the line?  Not only does he want a dress, but he wants a halter top to.  Sure go ahead, here is a thong to, a little cleavage at the local public school wont hurt anyone. 

jennytulltx
jennytulltx

@carlray @jennytulltx I think anytime the schools decide to spend too much fretting about what students wear, etc. they are distracted from their task of education.  If they had said nothing and just let it pass, everyone would have been saved a lot of trouble.

carlray
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@jennytulltx I was not chastising you and i never even did Algebra to be honest i could barely get the basics of fractions down but I do think its stupid there trying to stop him from going to the Prom how he wants to be dressed to be honest

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