...and insists that there was nothing discriminatory about it since it's an all girls school and all the girls had to bring boys as dates and not just, you know, the lesbian girls. And that's not all: Principal Heather Schnagl doesn't think it's "appropriate" for the girl to be upset about being barred from taking the date of her choice to the school formal.
A teacher had told [Hannah Williams that] she wasn't allowed to attend the Preston dinner dance with her 15-year-old girlfriend, Savannah Supski. She was asked to bring a male instead. ''It made me very upset.... I put a lot of effort into trying to fix things. I had a meeting with principals, looked through the Equal Opportunity Act, all my friends put posters up around the school and the teachers ripped them down. There was an easy solution; they just needed to let me go with my girlfriend.''
Hannah's father, Peter Williams, lodged a complaint with the Equal Opportunities Commission, alleging the school had discriminated against his daughter because of her sexual orientation....
Ivanhoe Girls' Grammar principal Heather Schnagl said the event did not discriminate against same-sex couples and was designed to promote a co-educational experience. ''I don't think it's appropriate they feel discriminated against, and I'm very upset they feel that,'' she said. ''If we opened it up and said girls could bring another female they would all bring females."
Principal Schnagl manages to do two things with one quote: she proves that America hasn't cornered the market on dumbfuck "Christian" bigots while setting a new high-water mark for Christians with persecution complexes: "Can't you see how upsetting it is to us when you people feel discriminated against after we discriminate against you?"
A "Savage Love" reader down under writes...
We all wrote letters to you guys in the US for Constance McMillian, could we have some protest letters sent back our way?
Ivanhoe Girls' Grammar School
123 Marshall Street
Ivanhoe Victoria 3079
Send a note—be polite, but be firm.