Advocates raise concerns over JMB Rock & Roll Revival character
UPDATE: According to Salisbury PFLAG, the character was removed from the run of show Saturday afternoon.
SALISBURY, Md. – In Wicomico County, Salisbury PFLAG is raising concerns over a high school musical production at James M. Bennett High School.
On Saturday, the group reached out to Wicomico County Public Schools after they discovered that this year’s production of the JMB Rock & Roll Revival includes a male character dressed as a woman.
They say the character is used solely as a comedic prop.
Salisbury PFLAG says, “This is incredibly insensitive and insulting to transgender and gender non-conforming people, drag performers, and the LGBTQ+ community at large. Using LGBTQ+ identities as gags and jokes further contribute to our stigmatization and oppression.”
The group adds that this is not a first for the community and they hope to see changes in the future.
“This is systemic of a much larger issue from the Board of Education and the state educational system and this is not a one-time incident,” said Mark DeLancey, president of Salisbury PFLAG.
“This is something that has been ongoing for years and this cannot be something that can continue to allow to happen,” said DeLancey.
47ABC reached out to Wicomico County Public Schools and they released a statement saying, “We have learned of a concern that has been expressed about a character in this year’s show. Rock & Roll Revival is not a school district sponsored event, but like everyone who works to support students, we want all students to feel valued and respected. We would encourage Rock & Roll Revival, the PTSA and PFLAG to sit down and discuss this concern in the near future.”