Target: Foothill High School Principal Jim Bartow
Goal: Don’t forbid two high school girls in a same-sex relationship from being voted the “royal couple” at their prom.
A high school principal is refusing to let two girls nominated to become the prom “royal couple” because he thinks it would be unfair to the boys. According to the principal of Foothill High School, Jim Bartow, letting a lesbian couple represent the school at prom would leave out male students because then there wouldn’t be a prom king. He also made some excuse about “tradition.”
This is a weak excuse. For decades, the tradition of the prom queen and king has been unfair to and left out same-sex couples. This has nothing to do with gender equality as there’s nothing stopping students from nominating a male same-sex couple. This is about a lack of equality in the representation of LGBT+ students.
To make things worse, the same school had a similar incident last year when two lesbian girls in a relationship were voted to be prom queen and queen, but instead of respecting the vote, the school stuck one of the girls with a boy even though he came in fourth. This forcing of straight relationships down students’ throats is unacceptable in this day and age. Sign our petition and demand that the nominated couple is allowed to be voted as prom queens and that the school stop marginalizing LGBT+ students.
Dear Principal Bartow,
Two students from Foothill High School have been nominated to be this year’s prom “royal couple.” However, because both of these students are girls, you’ve refused to let them achieve this award together. You’ve stated that this decision is because you don’t want male students to be left out, but there’s nothing stopping two boys in a same-sex relationship from being voted as prom kings.
Due to the fact that your excuse makes no sense, I can only come to the conclusion that your decision comes from anti-LGBT bigotry. For many decades, LGBT+ students in same-sex relationships have been left out of the prom king and queen tradition as they have been barred from becoming the royal couple together. This heteronormative and discriminatory tradition needs to become inclusive.
Apparently, last year you had another lesbian couple be nominated for the royal prom couple, but you stuck one of the girls with a boy instead. You seem to have a problem with same-sex couples in general. If you can’t keep your bigoted attitudes from affecting your students, maybe it’s time to step down as principal. Otherwise, you need to let the two girls nominated this year take their rightful place as the royal couple.
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