A lesbian teenager who was kicked out of her prom in Harrisburg, Pa., on Friday for wearing a suit received a message of support from her local mayor.
Philadelphia mayor Jim Kenney, who recently extended a ban on city-funded travel to states that have passed anti-LGBT laws, wrote on his Facebook page Monday:
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The Democrat also took to Facebook Tuesday to announce that he would reconsider the travel ban "if the states of North Carolina, Mississippi, Tennessee and the city of Oxford, Alabama choose to repeal their discriminatory legislation."
Oxford, Ala., did repeal its unprecedented anti-trans ordinance late last month, less than a week after it was unanimously approved on an intial vote by the city council.
The Pennsylvania teen barred from her Catholic high school's prom, Aniya Wolf, reportedly bought her tuxedo prior to a last-minute email from school administrators informing students that all girls attending prom must wear a dress.
Wolf's mother contacted the school, telling them that she had read the dress code prior to the event, and that she "didn't think that it precluded her [daughter] from wearing a suit," she told Harrisburg TV station, WHTM. "I said that this was very unfair, particularly at the last minute. We had gone out and bought a new suit. I think my daughter is beautiful in a suit," Carolyn Wolf told the station.
The teen told WHTM that she had been looking forward to the event, so she went to the prom, regardless of the dress code. Once she arrived, a school official threatened to call the police if Wolf did not leave the premises immediately. The teenager left before police were contacted.
On Sunday, a nearby high school offered to host Wolf and her date at its prom on May 21. Wolf told WHTM that she "would gladly accept the invitation."