|Christian Nelsen (left) & Caleb Jett (right) at their senior prom in Maine|
The Southern Poverty Law Center has helped achieve a big victory for gay students in Tuscaloosa, Alabama: same-sex couples will be welcome at prom. The question came up in January when 10th-grader Elizabeth Garret wore a sweatshirt that read, “Warning, This Individual Infected With ‘The Gay,’ Proceed With Caution.” A school administrator demanded she take the sweatshirt off because it was “distracting,” and also informed her that same-sex couples could not attend the prom. In addition to allowing an inclusive prom, the district has also now recognized the right of students to wear clothes that support the acceptance of LGBT people.
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