Should schools end gender-segregation in graduation gowns?
Some schools in Montgomery County did so this spring,
(Washington Post article June 7) and it became a movement:
“Chloe Martin-Poteet will be wearing a white cap and gown when she graduates this month. Her brother, Julian, will be dressed in royal blue. It’s part of a two-color tradition at James Hubert Blake High School: girls in one hue, boys in another.
That tradition is ending.
As a growing number of the nation’s schools work to embrace transgender students and enact policies to protect their rights, there’s a movement afoot in Maryland’s Montgomery County to make graduation robes gender-neutral, with one color for all. Some students argue that no one should have to wear a garment that doesn’t reflect who they are, nor should there be any separation between the genders as they all cross into adulthood.
“Some people say it’s just a color, but if it is just a color, why can’t they all be the same color so we can be inclusive?” asks Chloe, a leader in her school’s gay-straight alliance, which has pressed for change in letters to principals at the county’s 25 high schools.”
The latest word is that all high school principals in Fairfax have opted to have robes of only one color for each of their schools next year. Many things are changing rapidly in Fairfax.
In other traditions of senior year, such as senior photographs, there have been in some places strict dress codes as to what males and females can wear. We should investigate