A few weeks after Pennsylvania teenager Aniya Wolf was asked to leave Bishop McDevitt High School's prom for wearing a slick suit instead of a dress, AP reports that Wolf attended a different prom at William Penn High School in that slick suit and proceeded to look slick as hell as originally intended.
The story began when Bishop McDevitt High's gender-normative administration made a last minute change to their dress code for female students, requiring girls to wear dresses. This took Wolf and her mother by surprise, since they'd looked at the dress code carefully and concluded that the tuxedo would be acceptable under the school's given guidelines. But when she arrived at the dance, faculty refused to let her enter, and even threatened to call for police intervention.
Wolf explained on Facebook:
Clarification is key to this story. I am a practicing Catholic and I live out God's teachings. I hands down love my teachers, I feel as if they have given me an excellent education, they have never frowned upon the way I present myself.
I was presented with not one but two dress codes. The first dress code I was presented with stated that "dresses must be formal" followed by guidelines for a dress but not explicitly stating a dress MUST be worn. This is the dress code my mother and I signed, it stated nothing about woman wearing suits NOT to mention females have worn suits in the past according to alumni. No Bishop Mcdevitt student got an email of the dress code that was "supposedly" sent out on March 9th and March 6th, I asked everyone I know to check their emails and there was nothing there.
The day of prom my mom got a new dress code stating that you need to be wearing a "formal dress" this dress code was presented to just me.
I'm over the situation but I can not just sit back and watch this administration completely try to cover up what actually happened.
I'm sorry for all those who feel like they have been victims of hatred throughout this incident but the truth needs to be heard.
God doesn't make mistakes, he makes people out of his image and likeness. But honestly who is McDevitt to judge.
Following her story about the gender policing administrators going viral, Brandon Carter, the principal at William Penn High School, reached out to invite Wolf to his school's prom, saying that their school "embrace[s] all."
Wolf thanked William Penn High for the invite over Twitter.
Other attendees posted pictures of the event as well, showing that Wolf got the prom that every teen dreams of and William Penn High School got the PR coverage of a public school system's dreams, a win-win for everyone but the Bishop McDevitt faculty.
Wolf told ABC27 that she identifies as a "lesbian cis woman," and that she's worn masculine clothes throughout her life and attendance at Bishop McDevitt High School.
I’ve always been like this, ever since I was little. I was always more masculine. You wouldn’t catch me playing with any Barbie dolls, I’ll tell you that right now.
On top of a wave of positivity and public support, Wolf also landed a spot on the next season of It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia after creator Rob McElhenney saw the news and felt she'd be a good fit for an upcoming episode. The Sunny star turns out to be a much more compassionate person than the sexually-repressed alcoholic he portrays in the show.
The moral of this story? All aspiring young actresses should wear tuxedos to prom if they want to land a sweet sitcom gig. Also, don't oppress your students.