Ferntree Gully I just finished reading an article on USAToday about an 18 year old Mississippi lesbian who, after being denied the right to bring her girlfriend to prom, contacted her ACLU chapter for help, only for the school board to find the pussy/asshole way around the situation: they canceled the prom for the school and suggested people set up a “private prom”.
There are so many things about this ordeal that infuriates me. So, I’m making a list.
1) Why is it so bad if this girl brings her date to prom? Why do people even care? I get that it’s the south & hatred and bigotry live on, but really? We have to take a stand over the prom? Do they really think their society will be up ended and catastrophically changed just because a lesbian wants to share a night of fun with her girlfriend? She’s a senior and is probably leaving to go off to college, or somewhere else a little more inviting, in less than two months. Can’t they just let this slide?
2) What if she just wanted to bring her friend from another school? Would the policy still count? I know when I was a teenager, the only two dates I ever brought to dances were friends. There was no romantic involvement whatsoever. So what if? Would their bigoted policy still take effect? If not, I smell lawsuit. If yes, I’m angered even more.
3) I HATE that the school had the balls to basically tell the parents and students, “Have your own party, cause then you can admit or deny whoever you want. Keep discrimination alive!” It infuriates me to no end when people promote hatred/discrimination/phobia of ‘the other’ and pass it off as ‘a choice.’ Sure, it’s a choice for you to be assholes, but that doesn’t mean you should be. I hope someone organizes a prom and then invites the lesbian and her girlfriend to come, just to stick it to the school.
& 4) The dumbest part of the story, just for its shear misogyny: A dress? Really? The girl was being denied access to the dance not just because she wanted to bring her girlfriend, but also because she wanted to wear a tuxedo. Can someone explain to me why this is important, AT ALL?!? The way I see it, if she buys the ticket, that girl should able to roll up in a tank top, shorts, and flip flops. How can attire matter in any way, shape or form, as long as no one is naked?
It’s story like this that get me fired up about our country. How are we suppose to be ‘the land of the free and the home of the brave’ or ‘have equal protection under the law’ when homophobia and misogyny are somehow ingrained in society?
This is not what I believe in. This is not the America I want to live in.
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