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Transgender high school senior petitions to use his new name at graduation

12:08 PM, May 17, 2013   |    comments
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RED LION, Pennsylvania (WGAL) -- A transgender Pennsylvania high school senior asked the Red Lion School Board Thursday night why he can't use the name he wants to be called, instead of his legal one, at graduation.

The 17-year-old was born Sierra Stambaugh, but has been going by Issak Wolfe for the past two years. He said a name is everything, but this fight means more.

Wolfe addressed the school board and a crowd of supporters wearing "His name is Issak" stickers.

A few weeks ago, Wolfe was taken off the ballot for prom king and switched to prom queen. Since then, the school district has decided that his legal name will be read at graduation on June 7. Even though there was no decision by the school board Thursday night, Wolfe hopes his crusade sends a message to other transgender youth.

"I stood up for myself, other students, students in the future and that's what counts. There will be precedents that nobody will ever have to worry about this again," said Wolfe.

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