Lesbians+prom=bad stuff

Lesbian Prom Date

How many times does history need to repeat itself before people learn their lessons?

Ten? Twenty? Twenty thousand?

Itawamba County Agricultural High School, an otherwise obscure little institute of learning in Fulton, Mississippi, has decided to cancel its prom rather than allow an 18-year-old lesbian student to attend with her girlfriend.

Anyone who reads this blog knows how I feel about gay rights (if you’re new here, I’m unambiguously 100% for them, including full implementation of legal and social marital status). But whether you’re pro- or con-, no normal, well-adjusted human can look at the Itawamba situation and think, “Nice going, guys! Great way to handle this!”

To begin with: If I’m the principal of the high school, and I’m thoroughly opposed to/sickened by the “homosexual lifestyle” (whatever the hell that means), I still let Constance McMillen (pictured above) come with her girlfriend, and wear a tux (as she desires). Why? Because if she attends, the shock value lasts for, oh, eight seconds. Nine if she drinks too much beforehand and barfs in the limo. Maybe some students will say, “Hey, fag, nice tux.” Maybe. But it ends there, and everyone goes home.

Now, however, thanks to the remarkable stupidity of the school district, we have a national story on our hands. The ACLU of Mississippi had given the district until Wednesday to change that policy. The story is all over the internet. Activists will inevitably swarm the school. Plus, these kids no longer have their damn prom.

Ask any PR expert from Kelly Swanson to Ari Fleischer and they’ll tell you the same thing: The best way to avoid a crisis is to keep the flames low to the ground.

Nice work, Itawamba. Nice work.

Now, on a personal note: What sort of lesson are these people teaching? Hell, it’s the exact same crap that went on with blacks not all that long ago. One can be a Republican or a Democrat, a conservative or a liberal and still embrace the ideals of diversity. Not everyone is going to be exactly like you—and that’s a good thing. A great thing. A wonderful thing.

I have two children. If they’re straight, I’m happy. If they’re gay, I’m equally happy. I honestly don’t care, as long as they feel fulfilled and loved.


PS: Good for Constance, by the way. Taking a stand is never easy—especially at age 18. Bravo.

7 thoughts on “Lesbians+prom=bad stuff”

  1. The Pride of Curry

    For the record, Itawamba AHS is in Fulton, Mississippi, not Jackson (in fact, it’s probably 150 miles away or more).

    Now that that’s out of the way, I’m with you–whether or not you like the gay lifestyle or not, let the kid go with who she wants. You don’t have to love it, but just deal with it…ruining something for everybody because you disagree with one person is wrong, and it’s a crying shame that people in this area of the world still haven’t figured that out.

  2. Jeff,

    I understand your position, but isn’t the decision up to the principal, or local government, or the State if Mississippi? Why do you care so much about decisions that are taken outside of your political jurisdiction? Let them do whatever the hell they want in Mississippi—if rules/laws need to be changed, then let democracy take care of it. If there isn’t momentum to change things, then realize that certain choices are in the minority and that not everything everywhere can be accepted and tolerated.

  3. This is another one of reasons we need to better educate the population of the US. Not enough people really understand history. The argument used against this young lady is the same argument that was used to deny civil rights to African-Americans. Being gay is not a “lifestyle choice.” I didn’t choose to be heterosexual that was the way I was born. I’m really proud of this young lady and hope that through her persistence we knock off another layer of homophobes.

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