Virginia School District Wants to Ban Cross-Dressing

By Neal Broverman

Originally published on Advocate.com February 13 2012 7:55 PM ET

A Virginia school district is threatening to bar teens from cross-dressing, all in the name of keeping them safe from bullying and harassment.

The Suffolk school district in southern Virginia is weighing a ban on teens wearing clothing "not in keeping with a student's gender." School board members recently referenced the 2008 murder of California teen Lawrence King, who wore high heels and makeup days before being shot to death in his classroom. But the ACLU of Virginia and local LGBT groups are warning against such a ban, calling it vague and discriminatory.

"If a girl comes to school wearing jeans and a flannel shirt, is that considered cross-gender dressing?"James Parrish, executive director of Equality Virginia, asked Reuters.

A vote is expected in March, and the ban could go into effect in July. Read more here.