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

Will Kohler

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3 Responses

  1. Edric Floyd says:

    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. Will (Wolf) says:

    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. Edric Floyd says:

    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.

What do you think?