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.