I have been highlighting the progress that has been made in advancing acceptance of the LGBT community as deserving of the same rights and privileges as everyone else. But it is only fair to point out that there are still pockets of deep resistance and homophobia. For example, some parents and students and at least one teacher at an Indiana high school want to organize a prom that will be open to only heterosexual students. The reasons given are, of course, religious.
But what is hopeful is that they are getting pushback from others who are organizing a counter-campaign, with one student pointing out that the school itself does not support banning gay students from the prom.
“Sullivan High School is ACCEPTING the same-sex couples and the staff at SHS is for the same-sex couples going and so are the majority of student and people in the community,” the student wrote. “I absolutely hate how my town is getting called Anti-Gay Bigots because a few “Christians” are planning a separate prom! Not all of Sullivan is like that I can damn well guarantee it.”
So even such acts of exclusion can turn out to have a positive effect in getting those who have been silent speaking out against bigotry.