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‘Gay-free’ Prom Backfires on Sullivan, Indiana High School Bigots

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Yesterday John Becker reported on the “evangelical” and small group of bigoted students and parents in the small  town of Sullivan, Indiana, with the help of a special education teacher at Sullivan High School, were planning to hold a private, parallel (“traditional”) prom solely because they’ll be able to exclude LGBT students from it.

Well the plan has backfired as townspeople, clergy, and other students are standing up against them and calling out their homophobic bigotry and hate.

Jim Davis of Sullivan declared that “we shouldn’t be condemning people, and that’s what judgment is. . Love them as a person. You don’t have to love what they do, because the gays may not love all the mistakes you make.”

Emily Butler, a junior at Sullivan High, said: “You should be able to go with whoever you want. You shouldn’t be discriminated against for what you are, what you believe in.”

Even the pastor of the church that hosted the original organizing meeting is standing up and saying that  the church doesn’t back the effort to throw a straights-only prom for students at Sullivan High School in Sullivan, Ind.

And as for Diana Medley, the “special-ed” teacher who said that allowing gay and lesbian students to attend the prom is “offensive to us,” and created a firestorm of criticism by equating gay and lesbian teenagers to students with developmental disabilities saying that “It’s the same thing with my special-needs kids,” she said. “I think God puts everyone in our lives for a reason.”

It turns out that Medley is not even a teacher at Sullivan High School but a well-known homophobic bigot who teaches at another school, North Central Junior/Senior High School, in nearby Farmersburg. who was spreading her hate to Sullivan High School when she had no business doing so.

Meanwhile fellow Hoosier state teacher Nate Walden  (above) was not having any of special-ed Medley’s bullshit about gay  kids choosing to be that way and serving no purpose in life. So he posted this  awesome photo on Facebook.

A Change.org  petition has been started asking for the school district to appropriate  discipline her, including the possibility of termination. And a Facebook group created for those in favor of an unbiased  prom experience, with more than 1,100 members.

 

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Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, journalist and owner of Back2Stonewall.com. A longtime gay activist, Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, and Raw Story,

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