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Mississippi High School Curriculum: It’s Better to be Cruel than Gay.

April 05, 2010 By: jaysays Category: Discrimination, Featured

Constance McMillen: A Fake Prom?Remember the story of Constance McMillen, the Mississippi student whose school canceled prom rather than let her bring a same-sex date?  Today, LezGetReal.com reported that Fulton, Mississippi held two proms – one, Constance was invited to and had 7 couples in attendance, the other is reportedly the “real” prom said to have had district personnel help in the planning.

It seems that warped sense of “morality” stuck again.  It is better to lie and play a cruel joke on an 18 year old girl wanting to have a wonderful prom memory just like anyone else than to be a homosexual.  I suggest those involved rent the movie, Carrie, to fully appreciate the importance of prom to a young high school girl.

What amazes me isn’t this horrific display of homophobia, it’s the strength of LGBT individuals.  We are treated in this manner our entire lives and then, when we get fed up with this sort of treatment, Homophobic America screams we are self-loathing.  They pass legislation which prevents us from participating in actions in which heterosexuals are allowed to participate (such as serve in the military or get married).  However, in spite of all of this adversity and hatred directed at us, we still manage to find a way to love ourselves… usually.

But we don’t always overcome.  Some of us wind up self-destructing.  Some of us wind up on the streets turning tricks to support ourselves (and sometime our habits).  That’s when Homophobic America screams out that we are just drug and sex addicts and further take away our rights.

The hate will never stop.  It hasn’t stopped against other minority groups and it won’t stop against LGBT people; however, it will subside.  Some day, it will not be the popular opinion.  Some day, there will be no laws specifically targeting LGBT people.  Some day, all men will be equal in the eyes of the laws of the United States… unless of course all those rumors about 2012 marking the end of the world are true.

The ACLU is investigating the “fake prom” held in Mississippi.

Stupid Things People Say About Gays: Mississippi isn’t Burning – It’s Flaming

March 11, 2010 By: jaysays Category: Featured, Stupid Things People Say About Gays

School board members in Fulton, Mississippi have taken a harsh stance against girls dating girls.  On February 5, 2009, the school board circulated a memorandum stating that same-sex couples will not be allowed to attend prom, in direct violation of legal protections against discrimination.  Constance McMillen, however, wanted to take another girl to the prom as her date.  She then met with the assistant principal and the district superintendent but was told that, under no circumstances would she be allowed to bring another girl to the prom, and if she showed up and her presence made the other students “uncomfortable”, she would be thrown out.

This little act by the school board alone isn’t surprising.  School have fought and lost this battle repeatedly.  The difference here is that the school decided that, since a publicly funded institution can’t legally discriminate against people, it would just cancel prom altogether.  Here’s the best part – supporters of the districts discriminatory policies are claiming that Constance, not the school, has ruined it for everyone.

In one comment on parent dish, user charlotteofthebarbarycoast had this to say:

I think that the offensive thing is how this girl has decided to make her political statement at a Senior Prom and ended up ruining it for everyone else. *** If this dumb girl had any brains, she would have asked 2 of her homosexual male friends to double date with her and her tuna, and they could have just gone to the prom. Instead, she decided to make a national incident out of it, and now people all over the country are at odds trying to decide what is right, while the rest of her classmates are having one of their important memories tainted by this one inconsiderate child’s self made problem.

I can’t help but wonder how much in taxes charlotteofthebarbarycoast would pay in order to support a public institution that denied her the right to participate in that institutions events.  Those supporting the school district have all but ignored two very basic facts: (1) Constance is a student at the school; and (2) LGBT people pay taxes (often at a higher rate than married heterosexual persons) and those taxes fund schools.

Further, Constance didn’t ruin anything for anyone, the school board ruined it.  Constance is merely attempting to enjoy the same “important memories” that other students are allowed to make.  So charlotteofthebarbarycoast, I think that the offensive thing is how you and your cohorts have decided that your precious memories are more important than the precious memories of others.

Your ego, by the way, is a sin… Bitch.