Issak Oliver Wolfe for Prom King and his name read at graduation
  • Petitioned Mr. Mark Shue

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Principal of Red Lion Senior High School
Mr. Mark Shue

Issak Oliver Wolfe for Prom King and his name read at graduation

    1. Cheyenne Stambaugh
    2. Petition by

      Cheyenne Stambaugh

      Stewartstown, PA

Hello. I am writing to you today about an issue my boyfriend is having with his senior class. He attends Red Lion Area Senior High School in York, Pennsylvania and has made ample amounts of progress with his transgender process. This year most of his fellow classmates as well as some teachers call him Issak and acknowledge his transition. It has made him extremely happy to be surrounded by such an amazing support system. He had expressed to me earlier on in the year that he wanted to run for prom king so by the time prom season rolled around, I was not surprised when he began compiling a campaign and creating flyers. The amount of positive feedback he got back from his fellow classmates was overwhelming. Many people agreed to vote for him and it was almost a guarantee that he would end up winning. Issak is a very charismatic person and has been in charge of his schools' GSA as well as Day of Silence for two years now. He is very popular at his school and many people believed him to be a shoo in for the prom king position. On the day meant for voting, he went to school and at lunch time he made his way to the ballot to vote for himself. However when he got there, he found that his name had been switched to his birth name and put into the girls' category. Embarrassed and extremely distraught, he immediately went to the principal's office but could not meet with him. The reasoning behind the switch of the ballot was the doing of their new principal Mr. Mark Shue. His reasoning for not allowing Issak to run for prom king? He felt uncomfortable with it. Issak's mother, as well as many teachers and outside forces have taken ahold of this injustice and we plan to fight this decision with everything in our power. We are trying to bring attention to this story so that people out there in Issaks’ position know they are not alone, so that my boyfriend has the chance to stand up on stage wearing the crown he deserves, the prom king sash firmly across his shoulder. We must let Mr. Shue know that we will not stand for any discriminatory acts. Every one deserves to be treated with equality and respect that a human being deserves. 

Thank you. Taylor T.

To:
Mr. Mark Shue, Principal of Red Lion Senior High School
Mr. Shue,

Please promote equality and allow Issak Oliver Wolfe to run for prom king at Red Lion Senior High School, and have his name, Issak Oliver Wolfe, be read when he graduates. Thank you!

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    1. The ACLU has our back!

      Cheyenne Stambaugh
      Petition Organizer

      The ACLU has chosen to legally represent us in our case! The link to the press release is here http://www.aclu.org/lgbt-rights/aclu-warns-high-school-principal-who-removed-transgender-pennsylvania-student-prom-king

      ACLU Warns High School Principal Who Removed Transgender Pennsylvania Student From Prom King Ballot

      April 26, 2013 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: (212) 549-2666; media@aclu.org RED LION, Pa. - The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Pennsylvania sent a letter today on behalf of a male transgender student who was denied the chance to run for prom king when his principal placed his female birth name in the column for "prom queen" despite repeated requests to be listed under his correct gender identity.

    2. Reached 4,000 signatures
    3. WE HAVE REACHED OVER 1,000 supporters!

      Cheyenne Stambaugh
      Petition Organizer

      This is absolutely incredible!

    4. Reached 1,000 signatures
    5. We've reached the 100 mark!

      Cheyenne Stambaugh
      Petition Organizer

      We are officially over 100 supporters! Keep signing and see how many we can get!

    6. Reached 100 signatures
    7. 3/4 of the Way There!

      Cheyenne Stambaugh
      Petition Organizer

      We have reached 75 signatures! Keep going guys this is awesome! :)

    8. We are half-way there! Good Work!

      Cheyenne Stambaugh
      Petition Organizer

      We have reached over 50 signatures, which means we are more than halfway to the signatures needed! We still need 44 more people to sign, so share this with all your friends!

    9. Reached 50 signatures

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    • Brandi Bangert HERSHEY, PA
      • 6 months ago

      I believe in equality and hope this happens!! Issak deserves it!

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    • Wanda Johnson ROSEVILLE, CA
      • 8 months ago

      Issak identifies himself as a boy but he was assigned 'girl' at birth. The Principal does NOT get to decide what this kid's gender is. Issak knows who he is . Principal needs to read the sensitivity rules...quick!

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    • Rachel Slater LAS VEGAS, NV
      • 10 months ago

      If Issak identifies as male, feels that he IS a male, and wants to run for prom court, then why SHOULDN'T he be listed as a prom KING contender? What this principle is doing is wrong. His personal hang ups should not negativly affect this poor boy's school experience. Especially since it seems the ONLY person with an issue is the principle. He needs to grow up and learn a lesson or two from his student body. I'm proud of Issak's school mates for supporting him and I'm especially proud of Issak for fighting for what's right. Although, it's a battle he shouldn't HAVE to fight in the first place. Good luck! You, Issak, seem to embody everything that a prom king should. You'll go far in life with the can-do attitude you seem to possess. Never give up. Always fight for what's right. And, maybe, someday, men and women like us won't HAVE to fight for anything. Equality is for everyone!

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    • ZILKA DAMIEN AIX-EN-PROVENCE, FRANCE
      • about 1 year ago

      ok !!!!!

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    • Tyler D. RED LION, PA
      • over 1 year ago

      Because I'm an alumni and I believe in Red Lion. The principal needs to go. Issak is a human being just like the rest of us and should be treated the same.

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