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