Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Ceara Sturgis Graduates!

I'm too angry to write coherently about this. Just go here and read this and read this and watch this:

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I'm just so sick of this I could scream, and I don't feel like there's much I can do about it. Except one thing. I can publish Ceara's yearbook picture. So in a nice, big, fat FUCK YOU to Principals Ronald Greer and Oscar Hawkins, here's my girl Ceara. If anyone could send me more details about her, like her grades & honors & extra-curricular activities & all the other things yearbooks publish, I'll put them up, too.

If you have a blog or a website, please do the same. Post it on your Facebook page, tweet it, print it on a t-shirt, whatever. I don't care what your blog is about, if you give a shit about this sort of mindless, cruel discrimination, say something about it. Then send me your link and I'll put up a list here. I would love it if Ceara Sturgis has the most published senior picture in the history of senior pictures.

Lastly, as a style advocate, I would like to point out that women in tuxedos have a long and proud history. It's a great look. It's sexy, it's classic. You rock that tux, Ceara.

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kelly said...

I posted her picture on my facebook page.

Go Ceara!!/profile.php?id=1372848178

Denise said...

I get why you're angry, but I am on the verge of, well, giggling at how fucking stupid some people are! Seriously, brilliant idea: don't publish her photo, which is bad enough, but then don't even list her in the book, like she hasn't been there for twelve years. No, no one will be upset about that! No, don't worry: there won't be an investigative report done by your local television station. Honey, relax: the ACLU have bigger fish to fry. What a bunch of morons.

On a sweeter note, I loved that her mom is so supportive, but also that when Ceara cried upon seeing that her photo was not published, Veronica told her to "suck it up." That is some good tough love, isn't it? That girl is going to be just fine.

StyleSpy said...

Thanks, Kelly!

Denise - I know. It's ut├×erly ridiculous. People like this are WAY too dumb to be entrusted with the education of children.

Toby Wollin said...

Infuriated with the rest, but check this out. The name of her high school is: Wesson Attendance Center .
Read that again. "Attendance Center"? Who calls a school an 'attendance center' unless it's some sort of perpetual detention unit? It sounds like a prison, for heaven's sake.

laura512 said...

Aside from the discrimination and utter ridiculosity of this whole thing (which is a big aside, I know) there's a taste issue here. A tux is soooooo much nicer than those horrible boa THINGS girls usually have to wear in yearbook pictures.

Ignorant AND tacky - what a way to live.

Benito said...


Not one day in anyone?s life is an uneventful day, no day without profound meaning, no matter how dull and boring it might seem, no matter whether you are a seamstress or a queen, a shoeshine boy or a movie star, a renowned philosopher or a Down?s syndrome child.

Because in every day of your life, there are opportunities to perform little kindnesses for others, both by conscious acts of will and unconscious example.

Each smallest act of kindness ? even just words of hope when they are needed, the remembrance of a birthday, a compliment that engenders a smile ? reverberates across great distances and spans of time, affecting lives unknown to the one whose generous spirit was the source of this good echo, because kindness is passed on and grows each time it?s passed, until a simple courtesy becomes an act of selfless courage years later and far away.

Likewise, each small meanness, each thoughtless expression of hatred, each envious and bitter act, regardless of how petty, can inspire others, and is therefore the seed that ultimately produces evil fruit, poisoning people whom you have never met and never will.

All human lives are so profoundly and intricately entwined ? those dead, those living, those generations yet to come ? that the fate of all is the fate of each, and the hope of humanity rests in every heart and in every pair of hands.

Therefore, after every failure, we are obliged to strive again for success, and when faced with the end of one thing, we must build something new and better in the ashes, just as from pain and grief, we must weave hope, for each of us is a thread critical to the strength ? the very survival ? of the human tapestry.

Every hour in every life contains such often-unrecognized potential to affect the world that the great days for which we, in our dissatisfaction, so often yearn are already with us; all great days and thrilling possibilities are combined always in THIS MOMENTOUS DAY! ? Rev. H.R. White

Excerpt from Dean Koontz?s book, ?From the Corner of His Eye?.

It embodies the idea of how the smallest of acts can have such a profound effect on each of our lives.

Anonymous said...

Bless you for highlighting this poor girl's problem. She looks lovely and obviously has dealt with a lot of carp over being gay and look at how she beams in her photo!

Personally, I'd rather my daugther wear a tux to her prom, than, as another poster mentioned, the boob baring, short skirt panty revealing dresses that I saw chaperoning last year's prom at my son's school.

StyleSpy, you have demonstrated what true class is, by showing us what is so low class -- adults harassing a young women.

Anonymous said...

UGH. It's not like a tux is inappropriate or offensive - it is a classic garment, conservative, formal. I can barely fathom why they wouldn't let the picture run - do they dislike her perceived flamboyance (really, her being upfront and presenting herself in the way that she chooses)? And no name? What a snub - the anon above is right, very low class.

If it doesn't affect you and it benefits someone else, you have no reason to protest it.