Mar 11, 2010
commented on High School in Mississippi Cancels Prom to Prevent Lesbian Student from Bringing Female Date—and Potentially Incites Violence Against Lesbian Student
My letter to the Superintendant,
Dear Ms. McNeece,
I find your actions ill advised, as well as personally distasteful. You have placed a young woman in an untenable position, as being responsible for the cancellation of prom, a major event for high school students. She is now the scapegoat, and you know nothing good happens to the scapegoat, especially in high school. You have also shown yourself to be a bigot by not allowing her to attend prom in the first place.
My daughter and her then girlfriend attended Homecoming at their Monroe, Louisiana high school together. Her girlfriend wore a suit, my daughter a lovely formal gown. They were a charming couple.
And guess what, Ms. McNeece, the world did not end, the dance went on as usual. Pictures were taken. They danced, drank punch, and had fun with their classmates. No one complained. No one felt uncomfortable.
My daughter and her girlfriend are no longer together, but her girlfriend continues to be like a daughter to me. My daughter considers herself bisexual and is now married to a man. But that was her decision, just as it was her decision to attend Homecoming.
Wake up and smell the 21st Century, Ms. McNeece. Relationships should be about love, caring, and attraction, not about the established social order.
Most sincerely and truthfully,