Out of Georgia, today, it's been reported that the cloud of intolerance and backwards thinking that most believe permeates the south might just have a few holes in it.
Derrick Martin, an 18-year-old senior from a Bleckley County school (and the guy at the top of this post), asked his principal, Michelle Masters, whether he could bring his boyfriend to this year's prom. He asked in advance, as you have to get permission for out of county students to attend. At first, the principal said no and that Cochran - the small Georgia town's name - wasn't ready for that much gayness to be at the prom.
Then, after careful consideration, the principal and school board realized there was no policy against bringing a same-sex prom date. Thus, the principal changed her ruling and said yes.
“You don’t have the right to say no,” principal Michelle Masters said. “As a principal, I don’t judge him. I’m taught not to judge. I have to push my own beliefs to the background.”
Obviously, there are a lot of things to think about, especially in conservative, southern towns. Safety being chief amongst them. Half joking, Martin said that he'll be taking out insurance on his tux. Even though there will be security at the prom, let's pray they don't have to be utilized.
That being said, congratulations Georgia for showing the world that not every small, southern town is close-minded or bigoted enough to take away a child's prom just to protect whatever definition of family values you're considering to be correct today. Prom away!
Love and Lyte,