Gay Prom Battles: “Carrie” Had Nothing on These Travesties…
This spring, as millions of high school students look forward to their big prom night, for gays and lesbians, it’s a little less exciting. In fact, it’s downright daunting. In the wake of lawsuits and family divides, the GLBT prom scene this season is shaping up to be the bloodiest battle in formal wear since Carrie.
Cutie Derrick Martin had to lobby his Georgia high school to allow him to bring his same-sex date to the formal event. Though he won the appeal, the media attention also unfortunately garnered him the boot from his family home. Now crashing with a pal, the heroic teen remains undeterred despite the familial divide that has resulted from his bid for equality. The stand-up senior will head to prom with his fella on his arm April 17.
Martin said he was inspired by the plight of another LGBT teen, Constance McMillen.
Her school prom was canceled after she petitioned to bring her girlfriend as her date in Mississippi. Parents have organized a substitute prom for her classmates, but she’s not invited. Heartless and cold as that is, trust me, dear Constance: You won’t miss prom (or high school at all, for that matter) one day soon. For the oppressive people around you, that night marks the height of their glory days. It’s all downhill from there. But in 10 years’ time when they look back at prom pics, you’ll still be remembered as the girl who went down in history for standing up and demanding equality!
The brave babe was awarded a $30,000 college scholarship last week from Tonic.com—another plus! Because what gay or lesbian didn’t enjoy college about a million times more than high school? And, in a touching conclusion to a sad and undeserved ordeal, students at Tamalpais High School in Mill Valley, Calif., say McMillen and her girlfriend are more than welcome to attend their dance instead.
If she does attend, McMillen (a tuxedo fan) should check out Zac Posen’s prom line designed for Target that he says was inspired with lesbians specifically in mind! The prolific Posen says, “Lesbian proms have been such a big thing in the news lately. Rather than create a fake subculture, I wanted to address things that are actually happening.” He quickly added, “Not that you need to be gay to wear the tux; it just takes confidence. It’s a kick-ass girl who can wear a tuxedo to prom! Don’t be afraid of drama.” Obviously, that’s McMillen to a tee.
There you have it—a lot of drama and scary Carrie-esque opposition has marred the memories for these brave teens who’re just trying to dance!