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Feb 14 2013

Indianans Want to Create Straights-Only Prom

Fondly remembering the days when they attended whites-only proms, the “good” folks of Sullivan, Indiana would like to create a straights-only prom so they won’t have to put on ugly taffeta dresses and dance to lame music around any gay people.

Several parents, students, and others who believe gays should be banned from the Sullivan High School prom met Sunday at the Sullivan First Christian Church.

“We don’t agree with it and it’s offensive to us,” said Diana Medley.

Their idea is to create a separate…traditional prom.Students say there are several others from their high school who agree, but are afraid to take a stand.

“If we can get a good prom then we can convince more people to come and follow what they believe,” said student Kynon Johnson.

And now they want everyone to know where they stand.

“We want to make the public see that we love the homosexuals, but we don’t think it’s right nor should it be accepted,” said a local student.

Oh, of course. “We love you, we just don’t want to be anywhere near you.” How “loving.”

Diana Medley is a special education teacher in town. She doesn’t believe anyone is born gay.

“I believe that it was life circumstances and they chose to be that way; God created everyone equal,” said Medley.

“Homosexual students come to me with their problems, and I don’t agree with them, but I care about them. It’s the same thing with my special needs kids, I think God puts everyone in our lives for a reason,” said Madley.

“‘So the same goes for gays? Do you think they have a purpose in life?’ No I honestly don’t. Sorry, but I don’t. I don’t understand it. A gay person isn’t going to come up and make some change unless it’s to realize that it was a choice and they’re choosing God,” said Medley.

She’s a fucking teacher who thinks gay people have no purpose in life. Sometimes I just want to step off this planet.

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  1. 1
    jnorris

    Diana Medley does not teach at the school. her children do not attend that school. She is a bigoted busy-body who wants the school board (and all the world, forever on the Internet) to know she hates some of the children who attend her school and their parents. Mission Accomplished Diana!

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    davidhart

    I believe that it was life circumstances and they chose to be that way

    Does that strike anyone else as totally self-contradictory?

  3. 3
    Taz

    The good news is, nobody seems to be on their side. Not even the church where they met to plan it.

  4. 4
    shouldbeworking

    Medley is an embarrassment to the teaching profession. If gawd created everyone equal, why the fuck can’t she treat everyone equally? Does she have higher standards than her mystical sky fairy?

  5. 5
    Nepenthe

    They can have their special dance, but they can’t have any of our music.

    Yes, that’s right.

    No Queen. No “I Love Rock and Roll”. No “Loveshack”.

    And most damning to any dance: No “Y.M.C.A”.

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    jameshanley

    I read that headline as them wanting to create “straights only porn,” and my first thought was, don’t they have the Internet yet?

    FTR, my dad was from Sullivan. It’s a nice place, pretty region, but fairly typically small-town conservative. Which makes the backlash so wonderful–even in more rural America it’s getting harder to discriminate.

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    Modusoperandi

    “Medley”? What, is she a jumble of parts of other ignoramuses?
     

    ‘…Homosexual students come to me with their problems…’

    Once. Then, hopefully, they go to someone else.
     
    davidhart “Does that strike anyone else as totally self-contradictory?”
    Look, if that excuse isn’t working for you she’s got a bunch more. How about “Gays don’t live as long” or “Traditional Family®”?

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    No One

    Purposeless Alan Turing!

  9. 9
    Sansgawd

    If anyone is interested.
    https://www.facebook.com/diana.medley.58

    I asked her how the Gay hating is going and if Jesus was proud yet.

  10. 10
    MichaelE

    “Sometimes I just want to step off this planet.”

    I’m sorry, but fuck that, why should you or any of the rest of us have to leave? Make the assholes leave, they’re the ones who are screwing the world over!

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    Modusoperandi

    “Gee, Paw, I dunno why the gay homos wanna go to the prom, anyways.”
    “Well, Opie, you know the slow kid in yer class?”
    “Yeah, Paw. He’s ‘itarded.”
    “Opie, you got to understand that the gays are a lot like that kid. They ain’t got no purpose, but you got to love ‘em anyways.”
    “Gee, Paw, you sure are enlightened.”
    “After takin’ a look at our neighbors real close-like, Opie, in comparison to them we both are. Now how about some fishin’?”

  12. 12
    otrame

    They can have their straights only prom as long as it has nothing to do with the public school.

  13. 13
    dingojack

    Ed – nah, shove ‘em off – really hard!
    Dingo

  14. 14
    dougmasson

    I love your work, Ed; and agree with what you say here — as do (from what I read) large numbers of people in my state. But, we’re “Hoosiers.” I don’t know anyone from here that self-identifies as an “Indianan.”

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    Marcus Ranum

    “Homosexual students come to me with their problems, and I don’t agree with them, but I care about them”

    Write that on your letter of resignation, Medley.

  16. 16
    fifthdentist

    So I’m assuming there’s some kind of test to ensure straightness before entry into the “Jesus Prom ‘o Love?”
    Maybe play a bar of a Cher song as each guy enters. Any toe-tapping and he’s out (in more ways than one).
    I wonder, though, will the test be able to weed out the pesky bisexualists? How about the girls who that one ntime when they were drunk messed around with their best friend? But felt really bad about it the next day.
    Damn, this is gonna be hard!

  17. 17
    Modusoperandi

    dougmasson “…we’re Hoosiers.’”
    And I’m supposed to be impressed? Call me when you’re Hoosiest.

    Alternately;
    Thank goodness you’re here. I have a bunch of things I need hoosied.

  18. 18
    tsig

    I wonder when Diana chose to be hetro?

  19. 19
    ButchKitties

    Any time I see my home state in a headline, I know the story isn’t going to be good.

    My Catholic school was more socially liberal and did a better job of teaching evolution than the public schools I had previously intended. That’s how bad it is here.

  20. 20
    dougmasson

    Modusoperandi: “Call me when you’re Hoosiest.”

    Reminds me of a lawyer talking to the Circuit Court judge of Benton County which is seated in Fowler, Indiana. He is said to have remarked, “Your honor, it baffles me that this city continues to use the comparative when the superlative is so clearly in order.”

  21. 21
    Nick Gotts

    fifthdentist,

    Tsk, Let’s be scientific about this. A supply of appropriately varied porn, and one of the acientific instruments described here would apparently give good results for men, in whom subjective reports of sexual arousal correlate well with figures from the penile plethysmograph; the situation is less straightforward in women, where AFAIK no objective measure has such a good evidence base.

  22. 22
    longstreet63

    To be fair, Indiana does have some blotches of progressive thought, centering on large cities and Universities. They’ve been effectively gerrymandered in political impotence, of course, but they get a big population influx from kids who grew up in the tractor belt and aren’t taking that kind of crap any more.
    Like myself. (Albeit the flight was about 30 years ago).

  23. 23
    dave

    Misread the title as, “Indianans Want to Create Straights-Only Porn”

    Was very confused for a few moments.

  24. 24
    Sansgawd

    Here is the support page for the Indiana school. The support they already have is very heart warming.

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Support-the-Sullivan-High-School-Prom-for-All-Students/611335158883992

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    composer99

    I also keep mis-parsing ‘prom’ as ‘porn’. Which seems pretty inappropriate for parents of high school students to be interested in their children attending, don’t you think? /pearl-clutch

  26. 26
    John Pieret

    the “good” folks of Sullivan, Indiana would like to create a straights-only prom so they won’t have to put on ugly taffeta dresses and dance to lame music around any gay people.

    Well, would you want to go dressed like that in front of the folks from Queer Eye for the Straight Guy?

  27. 27
    jesseneedham

    This was going on at a school I substituted for last year. The students discovered that homosexuals could only come to prom if they stayed away from the red carpet entrance and entered through the back door of the gymnasium. So, they got vocal about and passed around a petition (which persuaded the superintendent). I remember sitting in the teacher’s lounge that day listening to six or seven other teachers bashing gay, saying “maybe the military will allow them, but they don’t need to be in public school” . Other students supported the retro rule by the “it’s a sin” card.

  28. 28
    Michael Heath

    jesseeneedham writes:

    The students discovered that homosexuals could only come to prom if they stayed away from the red carpet entrance and entered through the back door of the gymnasium.

    Jeez . . . A school which promotes either historical ignorance or not learning from history.

  29. 29
    Abby Normal

    I would have liked a school prom without homophobic bigots. But what one wants and what is right is not necessarily the same thing. I realize that their life choice, though morally abhorrent to me, is not a matter in which the government should involve itself beyond its mandate to provide for security and equal access for all people under its authority.

  30. 30
    whirligig

    Just to make sure everyone remembers the rules, they should give the gay kids a rainbow jacket patch and the virtuous-penis-vagina-sex-havers white jacket patches. To make sure none of the wrong people come in, they could put a prominent “no coloreds” sign up, assuming one isn’t already present from the last time this sort of thing was going on.

  31. 31
    Ichthyic

    “I believe that it was life circumstances and they chose to be that way; God created everyone equal,” said Medley.

    nope, it’s quite obvious there is a disparity of intelligence, some people ARE definitely dumber than others.

    of course, since there is no god, at least you don’t have to worry about it having “created” people with differences in intelligence, or sexual orientation, for that matter.

    fuck me, but I’m tired of this empowerment of ignorant authoritarians. I didn’t used to give a fuck what they believed, but they have MADE me care, and it’s way past time this shit be marginalized for the good of everyone, even themselves.

  32. 32
    Ichthyic

    I realize that their life choice, though morally abhorrent to me, is not a matter in which the government should involve itself beyond its mandate to provide for security and equal access for all people under its authority.

    I understand where you were going with this, but as a flat statement, it is inaccurate. The state has a great interest in preventing a great many different types of negative behaviors in public places like schools.

    bigotry and bullying for example, are indeed behaviors the state has taken an interest in curtailing, with good reason.

  33. 33
    Ichthyic

    “After takin’ a look at our neighbors real close-like, Opie, in comparison to them we both are. Now how about some fishin’?”

    now I’m wondering what Aunt Bee would have added to that particular convo…

  1. 34
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    [...] Remember the good old days?  When men were men, women were women, and the sheep were rightfully scared?  Back when all the fine, upstanding white youth could attend their high school prom free of interruptions from those juvenile delinquent colored and Hispanic kids?  Back when..  Wait a second…  Sorry, I was looking a little too far into the past there.  How about back when all the fine, upstanding straight youth could attend their high school prom free of interruptions from those sinful gay and lesbian kids?  Well the good folks of Sullivan, Indiana remember those days (and probably the other, older days as well) and want to return to them.  (And probably to the other, older days as well.)  From Dispatches from the Culture Wars: [...]

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