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Teen Quits High School Rather Than Stop Cross-Dressing

16-year-old Jonathan Escobar of Kennesaw, GA, was told by his high school to dress "more manly," so the teen who expressed himself by donning wigs and wearing makeup decided to drop out rather than put up with the dictates.

I think Jonathan looks like an eccentric Hitchcock heroine, and I don't see how this is any different from a teen dressing up goth or emo. (Would they get away with telling a butch girl to dress more feminine?) What do you think about the school's claim that he was causing a commotion with his looks — are they being too conservative about gender?

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sweetpeabrina sweetpeabrina 7 years
I'm in Georgia and Jonathan was on with Q100 the other morning. the first part of the segment is another bit but the last part is the interview with him. He states that he's not transgender and this is just performance art to him (a la Lady Gaga). Also, the issue at hand is not just his dress, it's also the use of the girl's bathroom. I wish Tres had posted the full story.
amcminn amcminn 7 years
That would be great thanks. Have a great day!!!
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
Good, I'm glad you're not upset! I'm at work now, but I'll pm you this weekend with some interesting links if you'd like!
amcminn amcminn 7 years
Not upset. I am done discussing no point in dragging this on and getting upset, I had some different views and you changed some and I'm glad you did. If you can change one persons views with communication imagine what can happen to a whole community if people would stop and communicate instead of fighting.
amcminn amcminn 7 years
opps,, I meant opinions as you do.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
Amc, I'm not attacking you in the least. I'm sorry you're getting so defensive. Maybe you're too in the moment and you should step back and read this tomorrow or the next day, once you've had some time to cool off.
amcminn amcminn 7 years
Who's the attaker here,, me or you? I already did this song and dance time to move on. Not everyone is going to have the similar views or opinions and you do. I did say I see your views and you changed mine. Anything else you want to attack ME on?
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
I'm not getting anything twisted. By saying your kids can't be exposed to this in a public school, you are saying he can't dress like this in a public school. You're the one who is trying to twist things around, but nice try at subtly attacking me again.
amcminn amcminn 7 years
I meant my kids, no anyone else. When my kids are old enough and should ask I would tell them. Don't get it twisted.
amcminn amcminn 7 years
That's me, anon by the way, became a member to get a little more educated.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
OK, then you are trying to restrict the way someone else should live, plain and simple.
amcminn amcminn 7 years
I am not changing my tune, I do see your views maybe changed my view of things a little. But, I did state previously " I don't believe, I should explain to them what this mean NOW, but if and when they ask I would tell them and I would be honest."
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
Your original reasoning dealt with not having to explain to your children that there are people of different sexuality and you have suddenly chosen to focus on your dress code idea, which was initially mentioned in passing. I can only hope that you have genuinely changed your mind.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
I didn't misunderstand, you're changing your tune late in the game.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
Anon, why don't you register and I'll send you a lengthy pm explaining what it means to be transgendered. As I stated, it's not something that can be explained well through the format. Actually, it's something that's difficult to explain at all through something like the Internet. If you're truly interested in learning more about it, you should seek out some books, documentaries, etc. 20/20 did a show about being transgendered about a year ago. That would probably be a good place to start. And, I don't really know how else to say it, but don't you see that by stating that this kid shouldn't be able to express his gender as he sees fit, you are discriminating against him?
Frenched Frenched 7 years
I also agree with pretty much everyone and with whitneydiane. If the school doesn't like any girls wear skirts, then this boy shouldn't wear a skirt. It's also necessary to start implementing more tolerance and diversity in these schools. This boy obviously might decide to be transgendered some day and the school should respect that.
LouLou12 LouLou12 7 years
I agree with lilkimbo that this boy is just expressing himself, but I don't think it is just about supporting him in is expression, this is unconstitutional. If the school says he can't wear a skirt, then no one should be able to wear a skirt, if the school says he can't wear a wig, then no one should be able to wear a wig, etc. The boy wasn't causing a disruption, the school caused the disruption by restricting the boys freedom of expression so much that he felt compelled to drop out. After taking media law in college, I realized all of the rights high school and college students have that some how get "skipped over" in the curriculum. Its sickening.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
Thanks, poisson and others. And ali, that sounds interesting. I'll have to try to catch it some time.
starbucks2 starbucks2 7 years
I hate these anonymous posts! If you got the guts to display your intolerance and stupidness like that, stand up and do so under you name! I just have to agree with everythink lilkimbo said. Oh and 'talk to me when you have children'?? I have a daughter and I certainly want her exposed to my friend who happens to be gay. Just as I want her to get to know people of different cultures, races etc. I want her to grow up to not judge people on things they cannot change but by their personality! Here in Germany this wouldn't be a big deal though. At least not with the school. We don't have dress codes written down, it would probably be illegal to forbid him to wear girl's clothes. Of course he would hve to deal with classmated bullying him, but that's just because idiots are raising them to hate on gays/transgenders!
ali321 ali321 7 years
Just have to add that I'm watching Andrew Zimmern and in Sulawesi it's apparently a gift to have both gender parts and there are many people who dress in the opposite sex. Thought it was ironic that it's on right now.
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