Real boys don't sing high.
That's because Rawls, 17, is a natural soprano, and the Texas Music Educators Association prohibits boys from singing in that range. So he can't join the all-state choir. The music association is rejecting Rawls "not because he doesn't sing well," says Riki Wilchins, executive director for the Gender Public Advocacy Coalition. "It's because he is a boy."
The association began prohibiting boys from singing alto or soprano and girls from singing tenor or bass about two years ago. Rawls, who sings an octave and a half higher than most boys his age, said he was "strongly disappointed" with the decision but still plans to pursue a college degree in vocal performance.
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|Title Annotation:||ONLY IN TEXAS|
|Publication:||The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)|
|Article Type:||Brief Article|
|Date:||Aug 30, 2005|
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