Wolfe
Wolfe

Red Lion Area School District and the American Civil Liberties Union are still in discussions regarding a transgender high school senior's graduation requests.

The ACLU had set a Friday, May 3 deadline for Red Lion to respond to several demands by the ACLU for Issak Wolfe. Wolfe, 18, had wanted to run for prom king, but his principal, Mark Shue, listed him as a prom queen candidate under his female birth name, according to the ACLU, without informing Wolfe in advance.

ACLU attorney Molly Tack-Hooper said Friday night the two sides were still discussing the demands, but an announcement has not yet been made about whether Red Lion has met or would meet any demands as of Sunday night.

As part of the demands the ACLU made in a letter to the district, Wolfe wants his male name read at graduation and also that he be allowed to wear the boy's cap and gown, which are black, instead of the female yellow graduation attire. The ACLU also wants a policy change to avoid further discrimination, and an apology to Wolfe.

Red Lion did decide it would allow Wolfe's girlfriend, a Red Lion graduate, to attend prom a week ago after previously saying she would not be allowed to come. Wolfe's girlfriend had been critical of Red Lion online because of its handling of the prom king ballot. Wolfe's father, William Stambaugh, said prom went smoothly.

Red Lion officials have repeatedly declined to comment on Wolfe's situation, except to request privacy.

- Andrew Shaw can also be reached at ashaw@yorkdispatch.com.