As our history is being written as LGBTQ people, let us be mindful of the silliness and downright ugliness of ordinary citizens toward us.
The latest case was when Constance McMillen wanted to go to the prom with her partner. The high school (in Mississippi) abruptly canceled the prom. Then the national attention came upon the town and high school, so the administration of the school relented, and declared there would be a prom.
Sad thing? The prom was not where Constance and her girlfriend went. Only 7 people showed up to that prom. The school officials and parents held another prom at an alternative site without telling Constance.
Indeed, Gawker reported yesterday that they had dug up a Facebook page for one of McMillen's classmates, and lo! There were pix galore of a well-attended, corsage riddled weekend dance event. (Even more have been neatly compiled on BruceKatz23's Flickr stream.) Unlike that legendary slumber party your best friend threw when she told you she was home alone with the mumps, however, the alternate dance wasn't a total top secret. McMillen says that she knew about the other event, but, "If I wasn't wanted there, I wasn't going to go."
In America, huh?
God be with them...for they know not what they are doing in Itawamba Agricultural High School.
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