"According to the ACLU statement, McMillen 'suffered humiliation and harassment after parents, students and school officials executed a cruel plan to put on a decoy prom for her while the rest of her classmates were at a private prom 30 miles away.'"
"...what the hell is going on with this world? Or this town? The median income for the city is barely over $15,000. Almost 10 percent of the families and 17 percent of the population are below the poverty line, including 21 percent of people under the age of 21. If you're the mayor, wouldn't you be thinking about how to rally a community around improving schools, creating jobs or better social services? All you can do is ostracize a lesbian in high school to show that you're listening to public opinion? Town needs a new mayor.
And finally, if you're the superintendent, Theresa McNeese, this has to be a moment of irony. On the county's website she posted this: 'My personal motto of "Expect More, Do More and Achieve More" is what I want each individual associated with our district to adopt.' Unless you're gay, I guess."*
"New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Washington, D.C., Boston, San Diego, Denver, Seattle, and Portland, Oregon, all make the list of the 20 gayest metros. But so do Dallas, Columbus, Ohio, Santa Rosa and Sacramento, Springfield, Massachusetts, Portland, Maine, and college towns like Eugene, Oregon, Ann Arbor, Michigan and Ithaca, New York.
The idea that most gay people live in urban enclaves like the Castro in San Francisco or Chelsea in New York City is something of a myth, [Gary] Gates [, a demographer at UCLA’s Williams Institute], notes. 'Gay people live everywhere,' Gates says 'in cities, suburbs, and even in the country—one in seven same-sex couples live in rural areas.' The 2000 Census found same-sex couples living in 99 percent of U.S. counties."
“I’m so glad this is all over. I won’t ever get my prom back, but it’s worth it if it changes things at my school. I hope this means that in the future students at my school will be treated fairly. I know there are students and teachers who want to start a gay-straight alliance club, and they should be able to do that without being treated like I was by the school.”
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