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Watch: Gay Georgia Teen Derrick Martin Talks About Prom


Says Derrick Martin, whose parents kicked him out of the house following media attention surrounding his school's decision to allow him to bring a male date to prom:

"Its the same thing as African Americans wanting their right or any minority group wanting their rights. Every person is a human being, and they deserve their rights."


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  1. Courageous.

    Posted by: Pinky | Mar 24, 2010 10:29:57 PM

  2. Did you catch the web poll at the last second...people in that region opposing same sex dates at proms by a 2 to 1 margin.

    Taking a same sex date to a prom in Chicago is brave....taking a same sex date to a prom in Georgia is heroic.

    Posted by: notshychirev | Mar 24, 2010 10:36:59 PM

  3. dude what ur doin is epic n u deserve the medal o honor 4 it! i jes came out 2 my parents n my teammates n i know how hard it is.. n i hope ur parents will come 2 know what a hero u r!

    Posted by: rich | Mar 24, 2010 10:45:51 PM

  4. That young man's parents should be so proud of him. How dare they kick that intelligent, wonderful kid out of their house? Anyone would be lucky to have him as their son.

    Posted by: LAXJFK | Mar 24, 2010 10:48:48 PM

  5. The poll at the very end asks "should schools allow same-sex dates at proms?" and the response is 35% yes / 65% no.

    Posted by: Doug | Mar 24, 2010 10:59:14 PM

  6. As a gay man in Middle GA, I could not be prouder of the support shown to this young man. At the same time, I could not be sadder by the comments, the judgment and the borderline hate spewed forth in the comments. However, I must take comfort in the outpouring of support for this brave young man and thank all of you for doing the same.

    Posted by: Michael | Mar 24, 2010 10:59:34 PM

  7. The parent should be brought up on charges of child abuse/neglect and should be arrested for throwing their child out. Derrick, otoh, is a true hero and every gay and lesbian should congratulate and promote this young man. Could YOU have done such a thing when YOU were in high school? Consider that. Now you know how monumental his actions are. We need more Derricks in this world! Step forward gay America!

    Posted by: OS2guyos2guy | Mar 24, 2010 11:12:49 PM

  8. @Rich

    This is a news site. He cant see your words of encouragement. Try and look for his facebook or myspace or something and post there.

    Posted by: Nate | Mar 24, 2010 11:20:23 PM

  9. Wow, love the qualifying statement by the school. We don't like fags or their filthy lifestyle, but our asses will be sued if we don't allow these queer practices to happen at our public prom. Geez.

    Posted by: Zlick | Mar 24, 2010 11:26:08 PM

  10. @Nate - Because it's a news site, he won't read this? This blog is one of the most popular gay blogs, I'm sure he'll come across it. I was featured on this blog over a year ago and it's how I started reading it.

    Stay brave, Derrick

    Posted by: KFLO | Mar 24, 2010 11:27:43 PM

  11. His parents need to be slapped. A parent's love should be unconditional. I have a a 17 yo and a 15 yo; I don't always like what they do and quite frankly at times they irritate the living day lights out of me. However, during every moment of the day, I LOVE MY CHILDREN, no matter what. They are the two most important beings in my life.

    Derrick, if you ever need a LOVING PARENT, you just let me know. Good on ya boy, I applaud and admire your courage.

    Posted by: Dennis K | Mar 24, 2010 11:32:32 PM

  12. The future looks brither when we see this new generation of kids standing up for what's right!

    Stay brave!!!

    Posted by: Fabrizio | Mar 24, 2010 11:33:01 PM

  13. @OS2GUYOS2GUY: the kid is 18. His parents can kick him out with no fear of legal backlash.

    Of course, it shows that they're heartless bastards, but community opinion means more to them than their own child. My mother was the exact same.

    Posted by: Paul R | Mar 24, 2010 11:41:05 PM

  14. it's good he's outta his parents house. it prob wasn't easy. pity the parents-they are missing out being around a wonderful person.

    funny-the lesbian who gets full support from her dad, but the prom is cancelled, the gay boy who gets kicked outta the house but can go to the prom. i hope the boy is okay and can find food and lodging. can we get an update on that?

    Posted by: kodiak | Mar 25, 2010 12:27:51 AM

  15. As for the poll at the end, remember, it is a red Republican state, therefore, discrimination is permitted. Note the statement by the superintendent and how she worded it, explaining why she permitted him and his bf to the prom; not supportive, but slyly drafted to deflect any criticism in her direction.

    Posted by: CB | Mar 25, 2010 12:32:26 AM

  16. I think parents should be liable for child support if they throw out their children who are 18 before they graduate from high school.

    Posted by: Matt from California | Mar 25, 2010 12:34:33 AM

  17. Constance McMillen got a 30K scholarship and tickets to award shows. Is anyone doing anything to help Derrick? The poor guy just got disowned by his parents and you know he's looking to go to college as well.

    The support Derrick Facebook page has a PFLAG donation link. Does anyone know if its Legit or how much of the money will actually go to Derrick?

    Posted by: Robert Rhea | Mar 25, 2010 12:41:27 AM

  18. it's funny how different some parts of America are. I graduated high school in 2004 in MA, taking a same sex date wasn't even an issue, we just walked up and bought tickets (we had to give them the name of the date, but no one even blinked).

    We also had over 35 out gay students at one time, that helped.

    Posted by: rigs | Mar 25, 2010 12:51:42 AM

  19. hrc or glaad should set up a scholarship for this young man and get some big names to help get him through high school and into college.he would make everyone proud and show up his ignorant parents who were unable to accept their son for who he is

    Posted by: walter | Mar 25, 2010 1:02:09 AM

  20. I am disgusted by the actions of his parents. This young man is a perfect example of the courage, independence, and resourcefulness we should be encouraging in all kids, and they should be deeply grateful to have such a remarkable son. I really want to know what is being done to help him get through this time... He seems like such a smart guy, but how is he going to pay for college?

    I hope others follow in his path so that pretty soon we won't have to call it an act of courage for a young guy to stand up for his rights and be seen at prom--or anywhere in public--with his boyfriend.

    Posted by: E. | Mar 25, 2010 1:07:16 AM

  21. @Rich
    So was this a Tweet -- or do we suddently have a limit on using complete words -- or are you part of the new ILLITERATI?

    I agree with what you said -- but can we please use English words and not Twit-bonics?

    Posted by: WizardBoyW | Mar 25, 2010 1:31:48 AM

  22. I'll go ahead and ask it for everyone, I wonder how hung Derrick is, and, whether he's a top or bottom.

    H8trs : talk to the hand!

    Posted by: Yogachick | Mar 25, 2010 1:42:50 AM

  23. @ Robert Rhea. Just to be clear, this is the correct Facebook page where the link appears.!/group.php?gid=112406088769420

    The Paypal link is in the Information box on the left hand side of the page and yes it's legit.

    Derrick and his boyfriend have both appeared on the site and Derrick has indicated that he intends for 25% of donations to go to Constance with the rest going to prom/housing/college or whatever you request.

    Posted by: therighteoussword | Mar 25, 2010 2:45:36 AM

  24. CORRECTION: The Paypal link has been relocated to the Info tab on the same Facebook site.

    Posted by: therighteoussword | Mar 25, 2010 2:56:31 AM

  25. PAYPAL LINK FOR DONATIONS: Here is the direct link to Derrick's paypal account that he set up a few minutes ago. A lot of people had been asking him to do it, so he agreed. I got the link from his facebook page and immediately sent him some money to help pay for his prom and living expenses.

    Posted by: Steve | Mar 25, 2010 3:03:27 AM

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