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In Wyoming, gay pride flag focus of Worland senior photo dispute

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The Casper Star-Tribune
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January 29, 2013

Matt Jolley never wanted to make a scene. The Worland High School senior submitted a yearbook photo his mom had snapped and he, a budding photographer, had edited. But first the yearbook staff, then the principal, then the district superintendent were uneasy about the rainbow flag Jolley held in his right hand. School officials called the photo “too political,” Jolley said, and told the openly gay high school senior he would have to pay for the photo as an advertisement if he wanted it in the yearbook. “It has turned political, when I really, truly didn’t want it to be,” Jolley said Monday evening. He said he brought the gay pride flag along to the photo shoot to add some color to an otherwise dreary mid-fall background, not to make a political statement. “It shows part of me,” he said. “It’s like anything else, really. It could be a bracelet, or a rosary. It just describes you.”