The story of Billy Elliott (a movie and Broadway play) takes place in the 1980s in the UK. In the fictional plot, Billy is bullied by his childhood cohorts and chided by his family for being a boy who wants to study ballet dancing. He finally breaks through all the stereotypes and is able to become a successful male ballet performer.
But this parable shouldn’t be a concern for modern boys in America. Yet it is.
Kaiden Johnson, a Minnesota high school freshman, has been told that he can’t compete with his dance troupe because of his gender. Apparently the state of Minnesota only wants girls on dancing teams. Kaiden’s mom encourages him to dance, and, even though he has faced some bullying, he still wants to dance. Why should the government prevent him from that?
The Pacific Legal Foundation has taken the case based on the fact that Kaiden deserves equal protection under the law. Many people assume that the 14th Amendment only protects females and minorities from being unfairly targeted by government intrusion, but this case is a bold infraction also. Boys should be allowed to dance if they want to!