Wearing Makeup Gets Gay Teen Suspended
The Advocate reports Kasey Landrum, a gay high school student in Lexington, Tennessee earned a three-day suspension simply for wearing eye makeup on campus 10 minutes after school ended. “The principal walked into the school and immediately started yelling at me and told me to get outside,” said Landrum.
Initially the sophomore student was issued the suspension for violating the school’s dress code which states: “When a student is attired in a manner, which is likely to cause disruption or interference with normal operation of the school, the administration will take the appropriate action. In matters of opinion, the judgment of the teachers and administrators will prevail.”
The suspension angered his mother, Shelly Maness, who told WBBJ TV, “I’m very upset about it because he can’t be who he wants to be. I’m proud of my son, gay or straight or whatever. I want him to feel the same way.”
Landrum says he’s suffered from depression from not being able to express himself at school. “I’m proud of myself for being as comfortable as I am, but sometimes I wish I was straight,” he said.
A day after the suspension caught the attention of The Tennessee Equality Project and local and LGBTQNation, Landrum’s suspension was reversed and a new school policy decrees that any student at Lexington High School is allowed to wear makeup was enacted.