A while back I decided to stop posting all the political and heavy stuff here and instead just try to be entertaining, but every once in a while I slip, sorry about that. Today is one of those slip days. I read about this in a post by the Bloggess, and felt bad enough that I have to repeat most of her information.
Back in March ago we read a news article on a gay high school student that wanted to attend her senior prom, bringing her girlfriend as her date. It was originally reported in this newspaper article. The school district refused to let her attend, and canceled the prom. Eventually the Civil Liberties Union went to court where a judge told the district they were wrong. The judge did not order the school district to hold the prom, as supposedly the parents would put an even on and invite the girls.
Well, it ends up that the prom was held last week and the two girls attended, but found out they were sent to an alternate prom with only seven other students, while the rest of the school attended the real prom elsewhere. This was reported in an Advocate article. The story was repeated in the Huffington Post and in another story about the fake prom.
I was talking with B about this over dinner, and her immediate question was 'down South?'. Sorry to day she was right, it's in Mississippi. Sorry for those who live there, but I still picture the movie Easy Rider whenever I think of the South. And that’s after eight months living in Memphis and traveling around a bit, so to me, yes, the South. But from other stories it seems this kind of stuff happens all over. The military 'don't ask don't tell' policy is also a bunch of crap, continued by the same small minded mentalities at higher levels and in Congress.
I find it difficult to understand people, especially those that have such closed minds that they cannot accept that not everyone is just like them. Whether it is religion or sex or color or home state or favorite sports team, there will always be someone that does not think or act like you do. The world is a nicer place because of diversity, and at times I do run across things that bother me, but I feel everyone has a right to their beliefs, as long as they don't infringe on someone else. If you don't like something just turn around and walk away and stay in your safe world, don’t try to force others to think like you do - that never works out.
Can’t we just all get along?