Teen speaks out about her school not allowing her to bring transgender boyfriend to prom

Posted at 8:16 AM, Apr 08, 2014
and last updated 2014-04-08 08:16:37-04

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NEW YORK (PIX11) — Anais Celini is a Brooklyn teenager that says her High School is refusing to allow her to attend the prom with her boyfriend because he is transgender.

“Everybody should be able to go,” said Anais Celini, a senior at Martin Luther High School in Maspeth, Queens. “It’s something that everybody should be able to have those memories of and talk about years later.”

“The school said to me that his transition is unconventional and it’s not what he feels beneficial to letting him come to prom,” Celini told PIX11 News exclusively.

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Anais Celini and her boyfriend Nathaniel Baez speak out about not being able to attend prom because Baez is transgender.

Baez said he feels bad for his girlfriend.

“It’s hard because I really wanted her to be able to go to prom with her friends and me, as well,” Baez said. “It is one of the stepping stones in high school.”

Baez said even if they’re barred from the May 22 dance, he will plan his own private prom weekend for his girlfriend.

Celini and her boyfriend, Nathaniel Baez, stop by to share with us first hand what they’re dealing with, and what message they hope to send out.