Prom is an exciting time for just about every teenager, including those who are in same-sex relationships. For 17-year-old Paula Goodgame and her girlfriend, Anjali Persad, who have been dating for about four months, planning for prom was exactly the same experience as those of heterosexual teenagers: They chose their outfits, made plans, and were looking forward to spending the evening together as a date.
Unfortunately, Goodgame learned via an email from her school's guidance counselor that she was not permitted to bring a same-sex date to the prom. Per the school's guidelines, it does specify that "escorts must be of the opposite gender," but for students in same-sex relationships, this can feel like an isolating, invalidating rule to follow.
If a school doesn't receive any state funding, then there probably isn't a way to rebut the rule.
Hopefully, the girls will be able to attend prom together, and the attention on this situation will help more schools to adjust their policies to be more inclusive and welcoming for all students.