Itawamba Agricultural High School in Mississippi is getting ready for prom season. But instead of this being a celebratory time of year, where high school seniors and juniors prepare to hang out with friends, the school has decided to cancel their prom. Why?
Because they don't want a lesbian student to show up with a same-sex date.
School board members made the decision to cancel the prom this week, after being faced with a lawsuit from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) after they threatened to ban this lesbian student from attending. School officials said that the presence of a lesbian student with a date at the prom could make people feel "uncomfortable."
But what's "uncomfortable" is watching a high school tell students that gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender students aren't welcome at the prom. Tell Itawamba Agricultural High that all students, regardless of their sexual orientation, should be welcome at prom. Queer students shouldn't have to pretend they're straight for a night just to be able to attend school functions.