Mar 11, 2010
joined My Stranger Face
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
Dear superintendant, principal, & school board members:
Prom is considered by most students to be a rite of passage. In this day and age, the 21st century, why is it acceptable to you (regardless of YOUR beliefs) to disallow a lesbian from attending with the date of her choice?
You can't very well cite religious beliefs (that homosexuality is a sin, or, to use the word from the worn out passage of Leviticus, an abomination to the Lord), because yours is a public school, receiving federal funding, which means you can't discriminate for religious reasons.
And really, religion and morality (based ON religion) are the only reasons to discriminate against gays and lesbians (by the way, what happened to love and tolerance?). They're no different from you or me. They laugh, love, hope, hurt, dance, and even pray. They bleed red when cut, they cry when they're hurt. Same as I do. Same as you.
One of your students wanted to attend this rite of passage, with a person of her choosing (same as all of your straight students), and now, because of the actions of your district, will be the target of other students' displeasure, and likely excoriated.
I will say one thing: Congratulations. You've certainly made your school's 2010 prom something that will never be forgotten!