I’m not surprised given that after the Dodie’s Place restaurant in that town gleefully engaged in transphobia to mark its restrooms, that I would hear about more transphobia rearing its ugly head in Allen, TX.
Jay Alfie began his transition during his freshman year at Allen High School. A few months ago he checked with school administrators and made the simple request that his chosen name be used at the graduation ceremony.
They told him that it wouldn’t be possible because in their words, it had to be legally changed.
Alfie’s name change is pending, so his family is wondering why the Allen HS administrators are being so unreasonable about it
“It makes me feel sad that they’re not going to allow him to enjoy that last moment,” said Jorge Alfie. “What are we talking about here, 10 seconds? But it’s probably one of the 10 most important seconds of his life.”
Every young person’s identity as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer should be honored, celebrated and supported. Allen High School should respect Jay Alfie’s identity and recognize him by his chosen name. To ’deadname’ a student as they cross the stage for graduation in front of their peers, friends, and family constitutes an act of abhorrent bullying and harassment,” Chuck Smith, CEO of Equality Texas, told NewNowNext.
“Alfie’s sister has created a MoveOn petition that has nearly 5000 signatures that is simply asking for the Allen ISD to just announce Jay by his chosen name and not his dead name at his graduation..
We’ll see this Friday if they do so, or just want to be transphobic bigots about it.