Kevin Logan paid
the $85 for a ticket to his high school prom. He then
spent a week pampering and primping, spending more than $200
for a manicure, pedicure, and a hairstyle. But when
the student from West Side High School in Gary, Ind.,
arrived at Avalon Manor in a fuschia-colored prom
dress and strappy heels last Friday evening, he was barred
by principal Diane Rouse.
tried to walk in, she asked me where am I going. She said,
'You're not walking in here today,'" Logan, 18, told
the Chicago Sun-Times. "Ms. Rouse said I
wasn't allowed to have on a dress."
On Tuesday, Logan
and his mother, Donnetta, were at West Side to seek a
ticket refund. The family is now mulling possible
litigation. Indeed, the prom-dress ban violates the
First Amendment, according to Indiana Civil Liberties
Union legal director Ken Falk.
had approval to go to the prom. I do have constitutional
rights. I asked her, 'Why are you doing this to me? This is
my prom. This is like the most important night of my
life,'" Logan told the Sun-Times.
Logan said while
he wasn't allowed in and left after police were
called, his friends did come out to the parking lot to
pose for pictures with him. "I was hurt. She
took something from me I can't get back. I have no
formal pictures, no memories, nothing. You only have one
prom," the senior said.
In 1999, Falk
helped an Indianapolis male teen win a court battle to wear
a dress to prom. "All students have First Amendment
rights of freedom of expression. Those rights can be
overcome for the legitimate needs of the school. For
example, you can't protest. That runs the risk of
disrupting instruction," Falk told the
Sun-Times. "But the court found at a
prom, those risks are lessened. It's not a
identifies as both gay and a drag queen, said he had
spent years defining and exploring his sexuality. This year
he took a major step toward self-identity by dressing
in feminine attire every day this school year.
"I had a problem with her [principal Rouse] the
first day of school because I had a purse. A week before
prom she told me female clothing would not be
allowed," Logan said. (The Advocate)