High School Senior Wins Right to Take His Boyfriend to Prom, Parents Kicks Him Out of Their House

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    Mar 24, 2010 6:52 PM GMT
    Shameful...

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

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    Mar 24, 2010 7:29 PM GMT
    I hope he has a good time at his prom, cuts his parents out of his life and is able to move on with his life and be successful.

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    Mar 24, 2010 7:37 PM GMT
    I'm heartened by the outpouring of support from the gay community. Maybe he'll also get some gift from Ellen on her show; he deserves it.
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    Mar 24, 2010 7:46 PM GMT
    Good for him. I wish I had the balls to do that when I was his age (which wasn't too long ago). Though, I do worry for his and his date's physical safety at this event. Nonetheless, I hope he has a wonderful time!
  • EricLA

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    Mar 24, 2010 9:31 PM GMT
    Very sad. I read the story on Towleroad this morning. I found his profile on Facebook (plugged in his name and then his school in the filter) and sent him a note of encouragement.
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    Mar 24, 2010 9:38 PM GMT
    As a parent myself of boys 17 and 20 I cannot fathom them kicking their son out...what goes around comes around, however, and it will be interesting to see what happens when the day comes that they are old and need help from him!

    I wish him well, hope he has a great prom, and that the school ensures their safety!
  • roadbikeRob

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    Mar 24, 2010 9:40 PM GMT
    Any parent that kicks their child out of the house because that child is gay should be horsewhipped. Some of these parents and their primitive minded, religious beliefs. I am wishing this young gay teen the very best in life and yes cut off and disown your intolerant, narrow-minded parents.
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    Mar 25, 2010 1:46 AM GMT
    It breaks my heart that his parents have kicked him out. Still, I think it is great he has balls to stand up for himself at such a young age. I am hopefull everything will turn out OK for him.

  • Mar 25, 2010 1:46 AM GMT
    I just really do not understand why he had to ask the school for permission in the first place. I took my boyfriend to prom and I was the only gay person to do it, and there was absolutely no problem. Perhaps I live in a very understanding place, but it still is a suburb and mostly republican. No one had any problems with it at all. When a teacher I was close with found out, they asked the deans if it was ok and I told them I was not going to ask for permission anyway because it is my right to bring a guy or a girl. In the end, not one person had an issue with taking my boyfriend to prom, in fact I gained the respect of a lot of people because I had the balls to do it. We all had a great time and even the guys thought it was cool.
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    Mar 25, 2010 2:08 AM GMT
    His parents took a harsh, knee-jerk reaction to the unwanted media attention. Unfortunately, they're getting more unwanted media attention now for their callousness.

    It's too early to say he should forget about his parents. I volunteer with a group in Atlanta that deals with kids from these situations all the time. Often the parents need time to learn, and get some counseling. Reuniting them is usually the best outcome if there can be reconciliation. If not, it's hard to be instantly self-sufficient.

    Check out James' story--the video on my profile just above the playlist box.
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    Mar 25, 2010 2:12 AM GMT
    TheIStrat saidShameful...

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



    Very Shameful and the parents should be shot...No matter what your child chooses to DO you still love them....my parents would have done the same and back in my day...I would have been hunted down.. So when they are dead...I will have the biggest gay party using all their hard earned money that I will end up with...Oh how sweet and your all invited...
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    Mar 25, 2010 2:19 AM GMT
    Sad
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    Mar 25, 2010 2:26 AM GMT
    His parents shouldn't judge him like that.

    This is really messed up in my honest opinion
  • Space_Cowboy_...

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    Mar 25, 2010 2:35 AM GMT
    Sucks that his parent's kicked him out, but I'm happy he get's to go to prom icon_razz.gif
  • coolarmydude

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    Mar 25, 2010 2:41 AM GMT
    I'm glad he was offered a place to stay with a friend. I was willing to help the guy out some way if that didn't happen.
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    Mar 25, 2010 2:44 AM GMT
    WOW. What a brave and courageous kid.

    To think that his parents would actually do something like this. This isn't the first time something like this happened to fellow gay men where they are disowned or discarded by family or friends for their sexual lifestyle or for just being who they are.

    I hope his parents eventually realize the big mistake they are doing and make amends with their decision.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Mar 25, 2010 2:46 AM GMT
    Good for him! Glad to see he had the guts to fight for what he wanted!
    Sad his parents kicked him out.. they'll live to regret it.
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    Mar 25, 2010 2:56 AM GMT
    It made me really happy to hear that he's going to the prom with his boyfriend...and enheartened to see so much support from strangers. And, I am yet sad for him b/c of his parents' reaction. Maybe they'll come around.

    If not, the smile on his face on that photograph tells me that he's going to be resilient - but my assumption is based on my belief that he was kicked out before the photo was taken.
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    Mar 25, 2010 2:58 AM GMT
    Its cool that he had the balls and shit to stand up to a biased authority..but he picked the wrong time to do such a thing...Lets be realistic....he must have known there would be consequences. In my Opinion, He is young..stupid as he has nothing right now..being on the street/which he will be when his friends feel the stress of supporting him......and just having a high school diploma..do you think his parents will now foot the bill for college?. he should have waited a couple years to get ..maybe a bachelors degree out of them first then do something bold to make himself feel validated to society....people need to think. Thats my opinion as i feel that with parents these days..one should never trust them if you know you live a lifestyle that they are against as they are unpredictable. He picked the wrong time to do it...and unfortunately..his future could be in jeopardy now..and all for what.. a boyfriend that might not be there in a few months? ...loss of a college education? ...Im not the only one who think this or did this but i waited until my parents fit the bill for a bachelors and a Masters and then i came out..as then i would have the degrees to support myself in case they flipped the script.
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    Mar 25, 2010 3:05 AM GMT
    Really sad to read his parents kicked him out. As if being that age and gay isn't hard enough without the added bullshit. I wish him the best.
  • coolarmydude

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    Mar 25, 2010 3:08 AM GMT


    C O U R A G E
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    Mar 25, 2010 3:12 AM GMT
    coolarmydude said

    C O U R A G E


    countless gay kids end up on the street...get into a life of crime and prostitution because of that word...i would say one should be smart first..courageous next.
  • leixguy

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    Mar 25, 2010 3:47 AM GMT
    i know a few guys who brought guys to their debs (our equivalent of prom) their wasn't any issue about it. The schools student council is responsible for organising their debs the school authorities have nothing to do with it (its the same at school discos 12-16 year olds going out completely unsupervised you can only imagine the stuff that happens at them)
  • coolarmydude

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    Mar 25, 2010 4:01 AM GMT
    tereseus1 said
    coolarmydude said

    C O U R A G E


    countless gay kids end up on the street...get into a life of crime and prostitution because of that word...i would say one should be smart first..courageous next.


    That's simple presumption. It's not these kids' faults that their parents abandon them.
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    Mar 25, 2010 4:02 AM GMT
    what a refreshing thing to hear, aside from the awful parents...good for him!