School Bans Lesbian Couple From Prom, Suggests to Lesbian Teen a “Male Friend Could Ask Her as His Date”

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Prom season is fast approaching, and much of young people’s social media feeds are filled with “promposals”, dress fittings, and growing excitement for the big day. However, for a 17-year-old in Florida, her dreams have been dashed as she has been informed she cannot take her date- who just so happens to be of the same gender to prom. Using the same medium that other students have used to share their joy about prom, Paula Goodgame has put her school on blast publishing the email she received when her school caught wind that her chaperone would be her girlfriend on Twitter, and people are outraged.

As reported on Pink News:

Paula Goodgame and her girlfriend, Anjali Persad, have been dating for four months after Goodgame recently moved to the area.

Together, the pair have been planning and looking forward to going to prom together.

However, the two were shocked to discover that her school banned Goodgame from taking her girlfriend as her date.

The news came after Goodgame reached out to a teacher when a student told her she wouldn’t be able to bring her girlfriend.

The teen’s school, which is Catholic, states in guidelines that “escorts must be of the opposite gender”.

Goodgame’s guidance counsellor sent the email saying that she would be unable to bring a “same sex date”.

The alternative was that a “male friend could ask her as his date”.

The student shared the email on Twitter, where people were inevitably outraged.

“I hate seeing sh*t like this why are schools still stuck in the 1920’s,” one user wrote.

Another person on the platform opted to email the school themselves because she would not “put up with this b*llsh*t”.

Hundreds more people shared messages of love and support with the young couple.

While the school is opposed to same sex coupling at prom, the Pope himself has expressed that the church “to be more tolerant in practice while not changing any official doctrines. He urged priests around the world to be more accepting of gays and lesbians, divorced Catholics and other people living in what the church considers “irregular” situations.”

 

“I really love all the love and support we’ve received since the tweet blew up, It’s been really amazing watching the LGBT community stick up for each other,” Persad said. “I hope that all other LGBT students in our situation can find courage to stand up for themselves and for others so we can find equality for all.”

Goodgame added that this was the first time she had faced discrimination, having previously been accepted by her friends and family.

She said: “There are other gay people at the school, and a couple of the students there have gay parents. No one really expected this to come about, especially me and my friends.

“My family and my best friend’s family is Catholic and they’re supportive of what I do because they believe in ‘love thy neighbor’ despite who that ‘neighbor’ is.”

“If she can’t go to my prom, then that prom is not worth going to,” Goodgame explained. “You’re supposed to have that whole ‘magical’ night with someone special, ya know? It wouldn’t be worth it without her.”

Do you think despite the school being Catholic, that Goodgame and her girlfirned should be able to attend prom together given the stance of the current pope? Do you think the allowance undermines the morals of the school or should the school have no say as to whom one brings to prom should be? What if the chaperone would have been the same gender but a family member or a friend, do you think the outcome would have been the same? Share your thoughts in the comments below?

(Article by Tasha Sharifa)

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