It is a truth universally acknowledged that a child in possession of a word must be in want of a lifestyle.
What I’m trying to say here is: Members of Tennessee’s state Senate appear to believe that if they can prevent educators from “discussing homosexuality” in schools prior to 9th grade, they will be able to prevent… what? People being gay? Children knowing that homosexuality exists? Gay people knowing that children exist? I’m not clear on what they think they’re actually going to accomplish, because it’s so fucking stupid that my brain has broken.
In fact, it’s even stupider than that, because homophobic, teacher-muzzling laws already exist in Tennessee. Behold:
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Tagged "don't say gay" bill, bisexual, gay, gay stuff, lesbian, LGBTQ, queer, Stacey Campfield, Tennessee State Senate, transgender
People Keep Getting This Story Wrong And It’s Pissing Me Off
I started off writing about Constance McMillen:
[Constance McMillen’s] case drew a national spotlight after she and the American Civil Liberties Union challenged an Itawamba County School District rule that banned same-sex prom dates and a requirement that only male students wear tuxedos.
The ACLU sent a demand letter to Superintendent Teresa McNeece in February, saying the rules against same-sex prom dates and girls wearing tuxedos violated McMillen’s constitutional rights. The district responded by withdrawing its sponsorship and canceling the April 2 event.
In an apparent compromise, school district officials said parents would organize a private event with school chaperones that McMillen could attend, tuxedo and all.
But when she, her date and a friend showed up at Fulton Country Club, only four other people were there. She left after half an hour.
McMillen said she knew there was another event in the works and she has seen several pictures from the party on Facebook.
But then I got pissed off about other things. First off, there is another side to the story, something that has been glossed over in most of the reports: Constance wasn’t the only one misled from the actual (privately organized) prom; among the seven kids who were at the country club location were two “students with learning difficulties,” as USA Today labeled them.
But when I was discussing this story with someone else recently, I was confronted with an attitude of “so what?” Like, sure, it’s ridiculous that this girl was left out, but, so what? It’s just a prom. That attitude pissed me off even more, and led me to think about the role this story plays in the gay rights movement as a whole.
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Tagged Constance McMillen, Equal Rights, fuckery, gay stuff, Itawamba Agricultural High School, Itawamba County School District, lesbian, LGBTQ, prom