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<a href="http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/04/20/transgender.prom.king.ap/index.html" target="_blank">http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/04/20/tra....ap/index.html</a><br><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> to this school!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Well, I have to admit, my first thought was: <i>their prom has a <b>ballet</b>?</i></div>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Time for me to get some sleep, obviously! Off to change my title.
 

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I think that is fantastic! I want to call the school and applaud their decision. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/heartbeat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="heartbeat"> this science teacher:<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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"Cinthia is still really learning who she is," she said. "We want her to know that there's a safe space for her here and we support her."</td>
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That is so amazing that all of the decision makers in this process were so progressive. I think it's wonderful that the teenagers are being respected.
 

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I think it's great that she's getting the support she needs at such a critical time in her development of self and sexuality. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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<b>On Wednesday, officials at the school of 2,700 students shifted course, saying the district's lawyers had recommended adding Covarrubias' name to the ballot to comply with a 2000 state law protecting students' ability to express their gender identity on campus.</b><br><br>
I think it's awesome there is a state law!<br><br>
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">"I like lesbians, but they shouldn't be allowed to run for king," said senior Erich Logan, 18, as he stood outside the stately high school building.</td>
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well Fresno is not exactly San Francisco and CA has a large number of conservatives, contrary to popular misconception of it being the land of the liberal (not speaking of anyone here)
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">well Fresno is not exactly San Francisco and CA has a large number of conservatives, contrary to popular misconception of it being the land of the liberal (not speaking of anyone here)</div>
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I meant, more specifically, even in a place with actual legal support and a fairly supportive community.
 

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Here's a follow up:<br><a href="http://www.fresnobee.com/263/story/43271.html" target="_blank">http://www.fresnobee.com/263/story/43271.html</a><br><br>
Some of the comments really make me sad and mad.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;"><b>On Wednesday, officials at the school of 2,700 students shifted course, saying the district's lawyers had recommended adding Covarrubias' name to the ballot to comply with a 2000 state law protecting students' ability to express their gender identity on campus.</b><br><br>
I think it's awesome there is a state law!<br><br>
Even there, though, ignorance still abounds:<br><br><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rolleyes"></div>
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Well, I think he's saying that because technically lesbians are still women. Just because she happens to like other women (in HIS opinion) doesn't mean she should be able to run for king. I bet if you asked, he would tell you that he has gay friends that he doesn't think should run for queen. I took his comment to be supportive, but he likes the traditional ideas of a man being king and a woman being queen, regardless of their sexual orientation.<br><br>
Again, not my opinion, just trying to help make sense of what the high schooler said.
 

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um being transgender does not mean someone is gay. This isn't about who someone is attracted to it's about gender identity.
 

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How terrific! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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Well, I'm certainly glad that the powers that be had more common sense than the 2 people quoted in the follow up article. Sheesh! I'm sad that she didn't win. How awesome would that have been? At least, from the 2 articles it seems that many of the students at her school supported her decision. I can't imagine how much moxie it took to run. Heck, I'm 27 and still question the decisions I make sometimes, and I don't think I've ever been faced with something that would garner so much media attention.
 
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