Georgia Does the Right Thing!

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    Mar 23, 2010 12:52 PM GMT
    Gay Prom Date OK'd For Georgia Senior
    Posted: 8:00 am EDT March 23,2010
    Updated: 8:13 am EDT March 23,2010

    COCHRAN, Ga. -- An 18-year-old senior at Bleckley County High School has won approval to bring a same-sex date to the school prom.

    Derrick Martin said he first sought permission in Janaury to bring his date to the April 17 dance at the school. Bleckley County High requires approval in advance for bringing a prom date from outside the county.

    Principal Michelle Masters said there's no school policy covering the subject of same-sex dates.

    County schools superintendent Charlotte Pipkin said the board discussed the matter but did not take a vote.

    Both Masters and Pipkin said the prom will go on as scheduled. A request by a female student in Mississippi to bring a same-sex prom date led to the prom at her school being called off.


    I got nothing I'm still in a state od shock!!!!!icon_eek.gificon_eek.gificon_eek.gif
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    Mar 23, 2010 1:00 PM GMT
    I'm really kind of nervous asking you this, but.......


    will u go to the prom with me?
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    Mar 23, 2010 1:59 PM GMT
    I'm sure they saw the uproar over what went down in Mississippi and decided not to start any legal battles they know they'd lose.
  • calibro

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    Mar 23, 2010 2:55 PM GMT
    that's the night the lights went out in georgia...
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    Mar 23, 2010 3:04 PM GMT
    Interesting to see what the churches and fundamentalist parents of other students do in the weeks before the prom. Cochran is kinda small, surrounded by other small communities, no nearby major urban areas. I can't imagine this being taken well there. Pretty gutsy on the part of the student and his date.
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    Mar 23, 2010 4:03 PM GMT
    That is the nicest thing I've heard in a while.
  • irishkcguy

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    Mar 23, 2010 4:12 PM GMT
    Red_Vespa saidInteresting to see what the churches and fundamentalist parents of other students do in the weeks before the prom. Cochran is kinda small, surrounded by other small communities, no nearby major urban areas. I can't imagine this being taken well there. Pretty gutsy on the part of the student and his date.


    I am also very impressed with the courage these students have.
  • bigdrew

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    Mar 23, 2010 4:46 PM GMT
    Middle GA College is in Cochran, GA -- I spent every summer in H.S. there for football camp. Maybe there are more liberal minded individuals there than you think.
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    Mar 23, 2010 11:35 PM GMT
    I would have loved to have taken my at-the-time-boyfriend to my prom. What an opportunity. I'm going to keep my fingers crossed for those two .
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    Mar 24, 2010 12:17 AM GMT
    KentuckyTuss saidI would have loved to have taken my at-the-time-boyfriend to my prom. What an opportunity. I'm going to keep my fingers crossed for those two.

    So will most of us here (with the glaring exception of our usual Republican RJ cheerleaders, who are notably silent on this topic so far).

    For my senior high prom in 1967 I obviously didn't have such an option at all, nor did any of us here of that generation. I had no interest in girls, so didn't even bother asking one, and asking a guy wasn't conceivable back then. I just stayed home.

    Some 30 years later I learned about the annual "Prom You Never Had" gay party in Seattle. It made me cry at its very concept. And a few years before I had met my current partner, he also threw a gay high school prom party for 100 here in Florida, everyone coming as boys or girls (he was a girl), the hall done as a school gymnasium from the 1950s. Think Peggy Sue Got Married, the "girls" all in big flouncy dresses from that era.

    I read those lesbian students in Mississippi will be attending an alternate prom, too, the ones whose school simply cancelled the whole event rather than let them attend together. I suppose in the US a lot of GLBT students will have to continue attending alternate proms, too, or none at all, for many years to come.

    Once the US was the progressive light of the world; now we are another repressive regime. From being the champions of civil liberties now merely backwards bozos, in just a few short years. Where we once presented ourselves as shining examples to the world, now we are its laughing stock. I wonder how we managed to do that, to fall so far behind in human rights, while others advanced?
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    Mar 24, 2010 6:13 PM GMT
    Update: Derrick Martin has been kicked out of his family because of his plans to take a same-sex date to his prom.

    Source: Joe.My.God. - Georgia Teen Derrick Martin Kicked Out Of House Over Gay Prom Date
  • phunkie

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    Mar 24, 2010 6:27 PM GMT
    Import saidI'm really kind of nervous asking you this, but.......


    will u go to the prom with me?


    I'm nervous saying this but yes i will go to prom with you.
  • metta

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    Mar 24, 2010 6:31 PM GMT
    NickoftheNorth saidUpdate: Derrick Martin has been kicked out of his family because of his plans to take a same-sex date to his prom.

    Source: Joe.My.God. - Georgia Teen Derrick Martin Kicked Out Of House Over Gay Prom Date



    yep....very sad

    Gay-rights backers reach out to Bleckley senior

    http://www.macon.com/2010/03/24/1070478/gay-rights-backers-reach-out-to.html#ixzz0j7MnLsnU