Holley Gerelds wanted to wear a tuxedo for her senior yearbook portrait. The photographer said it was fine, she recalled. Proofs show her smiling in a black jacket and bow tie.
But when the Alabama graduate perused her yearbook on Thursday, she told The Washington Post, she had to flip to the last page to find her name — misspelled “Geralds” and listed without a photo, under the heading “Not Pictured.”
Gerelds, who is lesbian, said she was not surprised that her photo was left out — not because of anything her school had done previously, but because she’s used to seeing reports of “LGBTQ+ people getting harassed and sometimes even killed, always discriminated against.” She says she didn’t do anything to merit being left out of a high school keepsake; she paid and showed up on time for her photograph, which was shot last year.