When I was at high school there was one girl who was out, she was the year below me. When the school ball came a lot of girls went together (double tickets worked out cheaper than singles). But this one girl brought her girlfriend - turned out the girlfriend had been my babysitter. I found this terribly embarrassing; in that vague way I found anyone talking to me embarrassing when I was a teenager. I don't know now - because I didn't think at the time - how hard that had been from her - what reactions she had faced.
St Pats has forbidden a student from taking another boy to the school ball. I just think it's awesome that students are fighting these rules - but shit that they have to do it at such risk and cost.
There was a facebook event for people to support them, but it seems to have disappeared - I am worried that the personal cost on them for taking this stand has been high.
Which seems like a good time to remind people of the follow-up meeting for Queer the Night - we are stronger together than we are alone.
When: Thursday 16 June 7pm
Where: Trades Hall
What: Homophobia and Transphobia - how we respond.
Note: The people involved have received a lot of media attention. I've left their names out of this post deliberately any comments that name them will be deleted.