CHICAGO -- A senior at Proviso East High School, Belinda Sanchez hopes to one day become a civil rights attorney. On Thursday, the 18-year-old got her first taste of victory, winning the right to wear a tuxedo to her upcoming senior prom.
Sanchez was initially told by the Maywood, Ill., school's principal, Milton Patch, that she could not wear a tuxedo to her prom and needed to wear a dress.
"I was just shocked," Sanchez said.
Sanchez, who is a lesbian, said has been open about her sexuality since freshman year and said the school has an active gay-straight alliance and is very supportive of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students.