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Hillsborough cited in federal gay rights lawsuit



TAMPA -- Remember that 2002 court case in which a female Hillsborough student sued the school district because she was barred from wearing a jacket and tie to the prom?

A U.S. District Court judge at that time dismissed Nicole Youngblood's suit, saying Hillsborough didn't violate her constitutional rights. But she appealed and the district settled the case.

Now a similar issue is riling up a Mississippi town, according to the Associated Press, and lawyers for a school district there are citing Hillsborough's lower court victory.

For its part, Hillsborough seems to have moved on. Under a policy created as part of the Youngblood settlement, students who are denied their choice of prom garments can appeal their principal's decision to the district, spokeswoman Linda Cobbe told the AP.

"We’ve had students who wanted to wear the clothing of other gender for dances, and I think they allowed it,” she said.


[Last modified: Wednesday, October 6, 2010 3:14pm]


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