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Southern Poverty Law Center Reaches Resolution With Tuscaloosa County Schools That Same-Sex Couples May Attend Prom

Tuscaloosa County Schools will allow its lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) students to attend prom with same-sex dates. The school district also has recognized the right of students to wear clothing with slogans expressing acceptance of LGBT people.

Alabama's Tuscaloosa County School System will allow its lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) students to attend prom with same-sex dates. The school district also has recognized the right of students to wear clothing with slogans expressing acceptance of LGBT people.

The district’s statement comes after the SPLC sent a letter to school officials in January on behalf of a Brookwood High School student who was forced to remove a sweatshirt with a slogan expressing acceptance of the LGBT community. An administrator also indicated that the student could not attend the prom with a same-sex date.

Elizabeth Garrett
School officials forced Alabama high school student Elizabeth Garrett to remove her sweatshirt that includes an expression of acceptance of gay people.