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MASPETH, Queens (PIX11) -- A New York high school senior said her private school is barring her from taking her transgender boyfriend to prom.

"Everybody should be able to go," said Anais Celini, a senior at Martin Luther High School in Maspeth, Queens. "It's something that everybody should be able to have those memories of and talk about years later."

Celini is dating Nathaniel Baez, who is transgender and currently going through transition. The teen said she's heartbroken because she can't do what she's always dreamed of doing: taking her love to the senior prom.

"The school said to me that his transition is unconventional and it's not what he feels beneficial to letting him come to prom," Celini told PIX11 News exclusively.

Baez said he feels bad for his girlfriend.

"It's hard because I really wanted her to be able to go to prom with her friends and me, as well," Baez said. "It is one of the stepping stones in high school."

PIX11 News reached out to the school several times, and was told by an administrator that based on student privacy, the school declined to comment.

The couple is hoping for a change of heart, but they're not optimistic.

"I don't think they're going to say yes anymore," Celini said, adding that she won't ask the school again for permission to take Baez as her date.

Baez said even if they're barred from the May 22 dance, he will plan his own private prom weekend for his girlfriend.


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