Bigoted Redneck Parents And Students In Bleckely,GA Rally AGAINST Gay Student Derrick Martin And His Same Sex Prom Date

Derrick Martin, the courageous gay teenager who is being allowed to bring his boyfriend to the prom is beginning to face another hurdle as homophobic redneck parents and students in aptly named Bleckely, GA are beginning to rally and fight back against him.

Some students and residents rallied late this week against Derrick, and the local ABC (Channel 16) filed a news report on the protest that appeared to be slanted against Derrick.

The ABC broadcast started this way:

Most teens’ prom concerns range from what to wear and arranging a limo, but for a Cochran high school student, his date caused the most controversy. A gay high school student in Bleckley County is defying the community’s wishes, and bringing his boyfriend to the prom.”

And it went downhill from there.  While the broadcast did allow Derrick to speak on camera, it focused more on “concerned citizens.” like a hater named “Cochran” whio stated:

“You sit here and you tell me that if somebody walked up to you and you’ve already paid all your money to go a prom that you’ve waited 11 years to go to and it’s a sacred event and somebody walks in and says ‘Oh I’m gay, I’m going to do a walk through with another guy,” one concerned citizen named Cochran complained on camera.

Prom?  Sacred?  Is there something scared about getting drunk, puking your guts out and then getting laid? 
As ABC continued its report, Derrick, who is an honors student, was labeled a “controversial student.”

ABC then trotted out Bobby Duskin, who was labeled a “worried father, ”and  was one who organized the rally against Derrick.

“I’m going to speak out. Because I’m a father, and I’m proud to be a father and I’m going to look out for my kids no matter what and I’m going to stand up for them no matter what,” Duskin said because his daughter “Amber” (Why are ALL nasty bitches named Amber?), a senior who refuses to go to the prom because Derrick will be there with his boyfriend.

“It’s not just his prom, it’s my prom too and everybody else’s at the school,” Amber said.  but the dumb sow doesn’t seem to realize it’s also Derricks.

Some students are now going to organize a private prom, ABC reported. (That’s code for a “gay free” dance at which they’ll probably wear white sheets, burn crosses and serve Dortito sandwhichs on white bread with mayo.

Derrick do yourself a favor.  After prom grab your boyfriends hand, get in the Limo and drive to a major city and get the hell out of that hateful homophobic town where bigoted ignorant parents teach thier children to hate and to grow up to be just as vile as they are. 

“You’ve got to be taught
To hate and fear
You’ve got to be taught
From year to Year
It’s got to be drummed
in your dear little ear
You’ve got to be carefully taught”
“You’ve Got To Be Carefully Taught” – South Pacific by Rodgers and Hammerstein
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3 thoughts on “Bigoted Redneck Parents And Students In Bleckely,GA Rally AGAINST Gay Student Derrick Martin And His Same Sex Prom Date”

  1. The anger can be easily understood but to encourage someone to leave and abandon a hometown for a major city does nothing to solve the problem. People should be free to live wherever they wish and often their very being proves to educate some with their good impression and example.

    Especially in Derrick's case, he is the one who appears more educated and mature. And that very image is a source of pride for many who live in the area. Also giving up and moving is giving in to the hateful bigots.

    There are people gay and straight who live in rural communities, pay taxes, own property and own businesses. Compare that to those likely to appear as those you saw on local TV as they are the stereotype and not as strong in the community as the world thinks they are.

    Finally, PLEASE LETS REMEMBER, Derrick is allowed to bring his boyfriend Richard to the prom. That part is settled. The school should be commended for their decision and for keeping the prom plans as scheduled.

    Don't worry about those planning a separate "gay free" prom in Bleckley as anyone who wishes to do so probably shouldn't be welcomed at a prom with the "smart" kids. And we still have other counties where there are separate racial proms, and they aren't too far away from Bleckley County.

  2. Edric you are an adult. Derrick is a High School senior who if he stays in his hometown will have to deal with those small minded people for years after this is over.

    ait is probably in his best interest to leave and experience a more welcoming place.

  3. This is assuming that everyone in that town is small minded, which is an unfair assumption if you have never been there.

    Derrick can go wherever he chooses. We support him wherever he is. But the image of running away is not solving the problem. I know people who have left for those reasons you suggest and returned home when they realized that the emerald city wasn't as exciting or "welcoming" as they thought.

    Many urban gays act toward those who live elsewhere with sympathy when it isn't always warranted.

    And just how "welcoming" are these welcoming places. I'm originally from South Florida home to many a gay mecca and I don't feel welcomed as a gay man there at all. Same for Atlanta or NYC where I lived. But then one is welcomed within the gay community when they fit certain molds. I don't have time to really GO THERE.

    The idea of a "welcoming place" is an illusion. Its easy to fit in with a "welcoming" crowd and have only "welcoming" neighbors.

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