First the state was pulling the ol' Fake Prom grift on Constance McMillen, and now it's removing a butch-ish lesbian from her high school yearbook, entirely. That's what happened to Ceara Sturgis of Hazlehurst, MS, anyway.
Ceara is a graduating senior at the Wesson Attendance Center ("attendance center" being the most depressingly — and, for Mississippi, aptly — reductive and simplistic description of a high school we've ever heard) and by all accounts a good student. At the top of her class! And yet the school banned her photo from the yearbook because she was sporting both a tuxedo and Justin Bieber hair in her senior picture. After that became an issue, the dang school just completely removed any mention of her, from the entire book. Sturgis' mother says:
It's like she's nobody there, even though she's gone to school there for 12 years. They mentioned none of her accolades, even though she's one of the smartest students there with wonderful grades. They've got kids in the book that have been busted for drugs. There's even a picture of one of the seniors who dropped out of school.
Terrific! It's not already hard enough to be a lesbian teenager in Mississippi, peer wise. Now the grownup, adult, mature-people administrators at these Just Please Show Up centers are actively trying to ruin these kids' prom and yearbook experiences because they're gross weirdos. Next they'll be taking your driver's license the day you get it and punching you in the face during your first kiss.
But at least everyone else's important Sitting There Daily Center memories will be untarnished, blessedly protected from the hideous Lesbo Tux Teen menace. That's what's truly important here.