GAITHERSBURG, Md. — Some students in Montgomery County are pushing for high schools to break from tradition to help make graduation a little easier for their transgender classmates.
Montgomery County Schools tell WNEW the decision for grads to wear gender-neutral robes is ultimately up to the individual schools. Eight of the county’s 25 high schools will have adopted the change by next year.
Last year, students from Blake High School’s gay-straight alliance sent a letter to principals in Montgomery County asking them to switch to single color gender neutral graduation robes to include transgender students.
Their words struck a chord.
“When I read the letter it immediately resonated with me,” says Damascus High School principal Jennifer Webster.
Webster says she’s talked with students who felt as though they were forced to misrepresent themselves at graduation.
“They were listed as female but they were in the process of changing to male or they just identified with a different gender then what they were associated with,” Webster says.
This year, Damascus High School was one of three high schools in the county to switch to single color robes and she said there wasn’t much opposition.
“I think it’s what’s good for the kids,” Webster says.