Washakie County Schools: Don't block gay students from our school yearbook
My name is Matt Jolley and I need your help.
I'm a senior at Worland High School in Washakie County, Wyoming. I'm 18-years-old, I'm openly gay, and I love photography.
I dream of being a professional photographer someday. In fact, my mom took my senior photo this year, and I edited it myself. But because I chose to hold a rainbow flag in my senior picture, school officials won't let me use my portrait unless I pay for an advertisement.
That's not fair.
My principal says they can't print my picture because it would be too much of a political statement. But it's not uncommon for students to take senior photos with props that symbolize who they are and what they care about. Athletes can wear their uniforms. Band members can hold their band instruments. So why can't an openly gay senior hold a rainbow flag?
I'm proud of who I am. Is it too much to ask that my school be proud of me, too? Please sign my petition urging the Washakie County School District to support all of their students -- gay and straight.
Please allow Matt Jolley to use the portrait he likes best in the school yearbook.