Texas students barred from cross-dressing
November 18 2004 1:00 AM ET
Boys in the Spurger, Texas, school district weren't wearing dresses Wednesday, and girls weren't putting on men's suits. That after a parent complained about a dress-like-the-opposite-sex day--an annual homecoming week tradition.
According to the tradition, boys and girls reverse social roles for one day during homecoming week. It lets the older girls invite boys on dates, open doors, and pay for sodas. It also calls for guys to dress like girls--and girls like guys.
However, one parent complained that the practice has homosexual overtones. School officials call that statement "inflammatory and misleading."
The Liberty Legal Institute of Plano, Texas, came to the aid of parent Delana Davies, who was concerned about she considered officially sanctioned cross-dressing. Davies said having boys dress like girls is part of an effort to push a homosexual agenda in public schools.
An attorney for the tiny East Texas school district says there's no hidden agenda. He said the dress-up day was just intended to be fun for the kids. Still, the tradition is being scrapped and the district is holding "Camo Day" instead--with black boots and Army camouflage to be worn by everyone who wants to participate.