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    March 24, 2010

    Homeless but not dateless for prom

    Posted by: Chris

    Derrick martin bleckley high school cochran georgia gay prom It seems us old fogeys weren't the only ones impressed by the courage it took Constance McMillen to force her Mississippi high school to let her bring her girlfriend to prom. (Constance won her legal battle and although the school prom has been canceled, the judge ordered her not to be excluded from a substitute prom some parents are putting on.)

    Also taking note was Derrick Martin, an 18-year-old in Cochran, Ga. (pop. 5,200), who asked to bring his boyfriend to the Bleckley High School prom. School officials initially said no but apparently thought better of it and relented.

    Happy ending, right? Not so much. Martin's parents apparently couldn't take the heat from the media publicity and kicked him out of the family home. Apparently they'd rather to be known for abandoning their son rather than having a gay one. Derrick is currently staying with friends.

    Take a minute and join the Facebook page set up to support Derrick. College scholarship fund, anyone?

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    1. JC on Mar 24, 2010 8:21:00 PM:

      Utterly appalling. How can parents do this to their children? I would be proud to be the father of such a great young man. Next thing you know mum and dad will demand he go to one of those gay rehabilitation clinics ("re-education camps") that pray for you to be "normal" again.

      Contemptible.

    1. repeal8 on Mar 24, 2010 9:51:18 PM:

      He should apply to the Point Foundation for help, and contact them regardless of application deadlines. They were set up to provide support for exactly this purpose: www.pointfoundation.org.

    1. Lucrece on Mar 25, 2010 2:02:58 AM:

      I pray not even a single hair of his will be harmed, because that town seems like the Hell I'm familiar with. Sad but not surprising that the poll showed 65% of respondents against allowing same sex dates to prom, and the school board's appalling statement about "not condoning lifestyles or practices"-- what dinosaurs we still have in positions of influence.

    1. Kevin on Mar 25, 2010 11:30:46 AM:

      Glad to know he has a gigantic global family to get behind him despite the awful parents. Kinda makes a lot of us wish we'd been so brave oh-so-many years ago.

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