This Just In: Prom’s (Not) a DragDecember 18, 2007
Kevin Logan, a student at West Side High School in Gary Indiana has been making news because of the law suit he has filed against his former High School. Last spring Logan was refused entrance to his senior prom because he showed up wearing a dress. Logan claims the school’s principle blocked his entry into the dance citing a school rule, which prohibits any “clothing/accessories that advertise sexual orientation, sex, drugs, alcohol, tobacco, profanity, negative social or negative educational statements.”
Logan and his family are suing the school under the grounds that they have violated his constitutional right to freedom of speech and expression. This case is particularly interesting in light of the fact that a female classmate of Logan’s was admitted into the prom wearing a tuxedo! While he was barred entrance, he claims he attempted to explain to the principle that he identified as a drag queen.
This is only the most recent instance of gender expression of youth not being taken seriously or reprimanded by people in authority. One is left wondering how queer students an be expected to learn and succeed in such repressive environments where sexual orientation remains lumped together with “drugs.” As a community we really need to be coming together to ensure a safe and supportive environment for the LGBTQ youth who represent not only our present but also our future.
There’s a cute site called gayprom.com –about a book released in 2004 called Kings & Queens–Queers At The Prom, where GLBT people from all generations write and tell their story of having to endure hetero prom. Go there and add your own story!