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After controversy, Texas school board says transgender student can sing in school musical

After Max Hightower scored a role in the seminal American musical, administrators changed their policy on performers’ gender. After backlash, the school board directed the school to produce the original version “Oklahoma!” — not a youth version that cut Hightower’s solo.

Max Hightower, 17, poses for a portrait in a hotel in Denton on Nov. 9, 2023.

Amy and Phillip Hightower sit with their son Max Hightower in a hotel in Denton on Nov. 9, 2023.

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