It’s Prom Time, But Your Daughter Or Son’s Same-sex ‘Date’ May Be Barred

Paula Goodgame (L) and girlfriend Anjali Persad

*Can we be real here? This is an issue many of us aged folk never thought we’d have to deal with; but many families will now be faced with how to handle it. While my high school senior grandson is still trying to figure which girl he will ask to the prom, and many girls are gossiping about what boy they will let take them, one teen girl who wants to take her girlfriend  to prom has been shut down…

…by the school!

Paula Goodgame and her girlfriend, Anjali Persad, have been dating for four months. Goodgame is new to the school and was not aware of a school policy with specifics on who they can (and can not) bring to the prom. According to those guidelines, persons hoping to bring guests from another school must submit a “Prom Guest Request Form” with signatures and a picture ID.

Goodgame is a junior at  St. Petersburg Catholic High School, and her girlfriend goes to a private school nearby. So when Goodgame the request form asking permission to bring a guest from another school, it was denied.

She was advised to go and speak with a school Guidance Counselor, and when she did, it was then that she learned same-sex dates, according to “are not allowed,” and the school’s official prom guidelines stipulate guests must be “of the opposite gender.”

“I just transferred here and I don’t exactly have too many friends, and that – added on with the social anxiety of prom – makes me feel like prom would be awkward for me,” Goodgame said in an email to Buzzfeed. “Because of that and news I heard from my friend, I was asking for confirmation if I could bring my girlfriend to prom. That way I could have a familiar face in the crowd and be with my date.”

Goodgame is getting a lot of support from social media friends who even pledged to email the school in support of their friend.

The school has yet to respond to anyone. 

3 thoughts on “It’s Prom Time, But Your Daughter Or Son’s Same-sex ‘Date’ May Be Barred”

  1. I’m trying to wrap my brain around this, as it is a Catholic high school after all, but generally, one should be allowed to take the date of one’s choice to the prom. If other students — or parents, administrators, whoever — are uncomfortable with that, then they can skip the prom.

  2. @MPC…you said it at the first: “as it is a Catholic school.” Would you really expect them to be OK with this? Sad indeed, but its their reality.

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