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Students Protest GA School’s Decision Allowing Same-Sex Prom Date

The following comes from HRC Youth and Campus Outreach Associate Director Candace Gingrich-Jones: Okay, the pretend competition between Georgia and Mississippi in the world of queer youth and proms just got closer. We learned this morning that students at Bleckley County High School in Georgia – where student Derrick Martin got permission to bring his boyfriend to the prom – organized a protest yesterday. Were they protesting Derrick? No. That the school gave him permission? No. They were protesting the attention that has been brought to their town and school because “they don’t want Cochran to be known as a pro gay town.” The organizer of the protest, Amber Duskin, explained further “It’s also not just him bringing a boy. It was bringing all this attention to it.” But Ms. Duskin let a bit of her true colors show through when she also said “I don’t believe in going up there and dancing with gay guys like that.” Undeterred, Martin still plans on attending the prom with his boyfriend but said he might not interact with the media to limit the attention that seems to be unwanted by his classmates.

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