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    why, in this day and age, can't people just get on and live their lives.....

    gay, straight, black, white...whatever, we're born to be whoever we are and there's not a living person who can change that, so why don't they just get on with their own lives and try to accept that fact that each and every one of us is different?




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    I've heard, but am not sure that the young boy who asked his friend (also a boy) to the prom in the other southern state, has been kicked out of his home.

    That's the really dangerous stuff. The young person has no where to go, and often ends up on the street. Homosexual teens have the second highest (US) rate of suicide.






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    Wow, Tink, that is hard to fathom. How can a parent do that to that child? They may not like it, but it is your child and he/she deserves to continue to receive your love.

    I'll admit that I'm not one to speak as I used to criticize it myself. However, I have far too many friends that are in relationships with same sex and I have come to realize that we all deserve to have love no matter who it is with. I have totally changed my attitude in the last several years. And I wish the military would get rid of that stupid "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy.





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    John, there are many, many parents who throw those children out on the street. We are generally talking about kids in their early teens.

    You'll "hear" we older ones telling the younger ones to keep their mouths shut until they are safe.

    Far better to have your parents understand and love you for who and what you are, but that is Pollyanna. I'll never encourage a child (and teens to me are children) to be forthcoming if that honesty is going to jeopardize their safety.

    And you my friend, have changed your original opinion because you are a caring human being who realizes that we are all in this together,eh?






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    Here is a link with a photo of the young man. He's no more than a baby...

    Gay-rights backers reach out to Bleckley senior - Local & State - Macon.com






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    Well I will be flip and say it IS Mississippi and not surprised by this news.

    I can tell you from experience I am noticing more and more teens being homeless because their parents give up on them. It's not just homosexual kids either. Actually around here I am truly surprised and happy to see the number of kids who are out and happy. They don't seem to be getting any negative feedback in these parts. That's nice to see. However, Alysia has brought home many many kids whose parents have just given up. These are relatively good kids too. It makes me so angry to see this












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    Different pockets of local issues.

    Statistically, homosexual teens are the second highest category to committ suicide.

    The kid who was thrown out isn't from Mississippi... that's the place where the prom was canceled. The boy who was kicked out of his house is from Macon county...






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    From BellaOnline, The Voice of Women: An editorial on the prom cancellation... for those who may be intersted.

    Prom canceled due to lesbian

    Constance McMillen is a high school senior who is looking forward to what most seniors around the country are looking forward to. She can’t wait to graduate. She wants to be finished with classes and move on to her next adventure. She also wants to go to the prom. Like any other high school senior, prom is a hallmark of their high school career. However, Constance won’t be able to go to her prom. Why? Because she’s a lesbian, her school won’t let her bring a female date, and so they canceled prom all-together.

    The school district canceled the dance rather than letting the couple attend. Now, she is asking a federal judge to force her school district to reinstate the dance so that she and her classmates, both gay and straight, can attend.

    According to the Associated Press, “The American Civil Liberties Union of Mississippi on Thursday filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Oxford on behalf of 18-year-old Constance McMillen, who said she faced some unhappy classmates after the Itawamba County School District said it wouldn't host the April 2 prom.”

    She has been ridiculed by her own classmates as ruining their senior year by causing their senior prom to be cancelled and for trying to force her views on others.

    The lawsuit seeks a court order for the school to hold the prom. It also asks that McMillen be allowed to escort her girlfriend, who also is a student at the school, and wear the tuxedo.

    The district's decision banning same-sex prom dates violates students' rights. The ACLU said the district violated McMillen's free expression rights by not letting her wear a tux.

    The school board statement said it wouldn't host the event "due to the distractions to the educational process caused by recent events" but didn't mention McMillen. District officials didn't return calls seeking comment Thursday.

    "A lot of schools actually react rather than do the research and find out what the rights of these students are," said Presgraves.

    In 2002, a gay student sued his school district in Toronto to allow him to attend a prom with his boyfriend. A judge later forced the district to allow the couple to attend and stopped the district from canceling the prom.

    U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., said a bill he's introduced in Congress would make it illegal to discriminate against gay and lesbian school students. He said at least 10 states have such laws, and his bill is modeled after those.
    "This situation with the prom is a perfect example of why we need to protect students from discrimination. In this case it's a prom. It other cases, it's getting beaten up or killed," Polis said.

    The school district had said it hoped a privately sponsored prom could be held.

    The issue at hand is whether a school should be forcing students who are comfortable with whom they are to deny that and sneak into their prom by attending with a person of the opposite gender. Many small groups of male and female students attend their proms without dates. They go “stag” and meet up with others at their dance. However, a student should be allowed to attend their dance with the person whom they are in a relationship with, whether it is a gay or straight couple. School districts should be held to the same standard and if they allow opposite-gender couples to attend, same-gender couples should also be allowed to attend. Just because they are students does not mean they don’t have the same rights as an adult would.

    School districts need to research the rights of their students. The law states that all students must be treated equally. This is why we have men’s and women’s sports and cannot just allow one or the other. The same should be required of any extracurricular activity such as dances.

    In the end, this female student will lose. If the dance is held, she loses. If the dance isn’t held, she still loses. Why? Because people aren’t going to remember the dance for the rite of passage it is, but remember this student because she stood up for her beliefs and ruined the fun for everyone.

    Such a shame! Bravo Constance for standing up for your beliefs and who you are!






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    Update: A federal court in Mississippi ruled that Constance’s First Amendment rights were violated when her school district banned her from bringing her girlfriend to the prom and wearing a tuxedo. The judge also ruled against forcing the school to have the prom. The judge’s reasoning was that a private prom the parents in the community are planning for this spring would serve the same purpose as the school prom.






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    TV talk show host and comedian Ellen Degeneres heard about Constance’s situation and gave her a $30,000 college scholarship from Tonic.com in New York City plus a summer internship.






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