Took my Girlfriend to Prom:1978

Okay. So a young lesbian in Mississippi wants to bring her girlfriend to the prom. The school fights back, in the immortal stupidity inherent in the Deep South. They cancel Prom altogether. They also contend that it’s against school policy for a girl to wear a tux on school grounds, which is appareny what the girlfriend wants to wear.

This young Lesbian is suing the school for her right to take her lovey to the Prom. Brave kid, bu I just cannot understand what is happening in this situation.

In 1977 and 1978 I took my girlfriends to the prom. Once we both wore dresses and once my girlfriend wore a tux. I had come out publicly in I believe 1972 of so, when I was 12. At both dances we received abit of crap from drunken football players but that’s about it. We were not the only gay couple there and it was just not an issue.

This took place in the hyper-affluent suburbs of Chicago. So yes, Jim Crow was never a tradition there. There was no black polling, no burning crosses no lynchings. Being socially liberal was what one aspired to.

But let’s face it. That was 30 years ago. So the state of Mississippi is 30 years behind? More like 100 years, folks. I recently saw a documentary about this town in Alabama where they were having a “mixed” prom for the first time in 2008. What was the “mix”? White and black students together in one prom. No segregation.

I will admit that I really dos not have a white-hot desire to go to my Proms. But I did have a burning desire to make a solid potical stand and lef’s face if, get laid at the end of the party hah

I just do not understand this st all. How backward some areas of our nation truly truly are. Big kudos for that babydyke from the land where segregation is kept to a minimum. My heart goes out to her!

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6 Comments

  1. Astrid said,

    March 13, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    My European prejudice against the southern US has once again been affirmed. Really, this is rather ridiculous indeed.

    • March 13, 2010 at 2:05 pm

      Yes it is horrendous in places. I went to college in the South long ago–there was a law in which patrons fo gay bars has to enter thru a door not facing a street. It is just abkminable, but not only in the South. Nationwide a black woman’s average wage when she’s in her prime working years is $5 an hour. Reprehensible. Then we have Utah, which has just passed a law in which a woman who miscarries is guilty of homicide…unless she was not awRe that she was pregnant. Don’t even get me started, this place is just very confused. We ate looking at the civil unrest of the 1960s. Grrrr.

      • Pandora said,

        March 14, 2010 at 10:56 am

        Then we have Utah, which has just passed a law in which a woman who miscarries is guilty of homicide

        Oh. My. God.

        I just don’t know what to say to this. Reprehensible doesn’t begin to grasp it.

        In relation to your actual post, I absolutely applaud you for taking a stand. Screw these fascist bastards!

        xxx

  2. March 14, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    Yes. This happens here. A push for civil rights gains ground then these total dickwad groups lash back. Hard. So we go back to grassroots again, make greater gains, they push back…until there’s civil insurrection…and when oppressed groups get big enough and smart enough good guys eventually win. It’s insanity. Utah is also a state that allows gay marriage. Totally nonsensical. Unfortunately the people who scream loudest about their rights to freedom of speech and expression are those who want to maintain the status quo. Ie, maintain the rights of straight white men at the expense of all other groups. Now that we have a semi-black president these dissidents are just pushing back harder. Mess.

  3. Karita said,

    March 15, 2010 at 6:12 am

    What a weird country. I just don’t get it.

    • March 15, 2010 at 6:21 am

      Yes it is. Lots of very different places w/lots of different belief systems. Can be sooo frustrating to work for change here. But asuch as I completely despise the belief systems of the radical right — I defend their rights of assembly, freedom of speech/expression, religious views etc etc. This is a big, big place with only one federal system and 50 states with their own unique colloquial laws and cultures. More like a boiling pot than a melting one these days 😉


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