Trans Teen Kicked Out Of Lead Role In Musical Over School’s New Gender Policy
A transgender Texas student was kicked out of the lead role of his high school’s upcoming musical after his principal introduced a new gender casting policy.
Sherman High School senior Max Hightower landed the lead role in “Oklahoma!” last month, his father, Phillip Hightower, told local CBS affiliate KXII.
But the 17-year-old’s excitement didn’t last long.
The principal called to inform him about the new policy they implemented.
“Actors and actresses could only play a role that was the same gender they were assigned at birth,” Hightower told KXII, detailing his conversation with the principal.
Max Hightower identifies as a transgender male, meaning that he could no longer be cast as the male lead.
“I was devastated,” Hightower said.
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