LGBTQ Students and Dress Code Policies

Abre' Conner

In January 2016, the Clovis Unified School District (Clovis Unified) in California upheld a dress code with gender-specific policies that violated California law by discriminating against LGBTQ students. The dress code provided that only girls could wear skirts, dresses, and culottes and that boys could not grow their hair past their ear lobes or wear earrings. In a four-to-three vote, the school board rejected a proposal to adopt gender-neutral language. As a result, Clovis Unified continued to suspend high school students for not adhering to the dress code, denying these students an education.

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