Franklin High School opts for gender neutral graduation
Many high schools choose to have boys and girls wear different colored gowns during graduation. That long-standing tradition becomes more complicated if students are transgender. Franklin High School has opted instead to dress everyone in the same colored gown and line up alphabetically. KIRO 7 reports that five high schools within Seattle Public Schools still offer different colored gowns, while seven don’t.
High profile cases have shed light on some of the challenges growing up as a transgender person, including the suicide of a transgender 17-year-old named Leelah Alcorn. Read about a family raising an 8-year-old boy who began to identify himself as a girl named Luna.