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Watch: Prayer Protest Held Against Male Tennessee High School Student Who Wanted to be Homecoming Queen


Approximately 15 students held an hours-long prayer vigil on Friday in front of David Crockett high School in Jonesborough, Tennessee, protesting a male student's wish to be elected Homecoming Queen.

The school did not have a policy forbidding a male student from being elected.

Tricities.com reports: "While the students protested, administrators tallied the results of this year's homecoming court election. In the end, Murphy said the teen did not receive enough votes to win a spot on the court and a chance at homecoming queen. 'The young man who was on the ballot was not elected,' Murphy said. 'We look at it as democracy prevailing.' After announcing the results to the protestors, Murphy told all of the students to go home for the weekend. When they return to school Monday, they could face punishment for disrupting the school day."

Watch a clip and interviews with the protesters, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. “Oh mighty Jeebus, save us from the homecoming queen!”


    Posted by: ichabod | Sep 20, 2010 8:15:59 AM

  2. ahh Tennessee....why can't I stand southern aaccents...? Half those chicks will be pregnant within a few yrs...while thier menfolk go off to the GOP run mines.

    Posted by: Disgusted American | Sep 20, 2010 8:30:13 AM

  3. Oh Tennessee, you're so funny.

    "Now there's nothing to worry about" What exactly were you concerned about? I could totally see a boy being prettier than a woman in Tennessee.

    Posted by: alpha | Sep 20, 2010 9:01:40 AM

  4. Nice, upstanding looking group of kinfolk, um, er, I mean students. Immediately afterwards, Barbra Jean and Sammy Jo went to Wal-Mart for some lipliner and Joe Bob and Billy Mac set out fer some deer skinnin'.

    Posted by: gary j | Sep 20, 2010 9:10:17 AM

  5. These students are turds. The females in this group are hypocrites. Don't they realize that the Bible expressly forbids women from dressing in manly clothes such as jeans? Why the hey are these women wearing jeans if they're so religious?

    They're selective Christian hypocrites, nuff said.

    Posted by: jason | Sep 20, 2010 9:11:27 AM

  6. There are way more important things to protest.

    Posted by: Jon Lee Hart | Sep 20, 2010 9:21:30 AM

  7. hate dressed up as prayer - dreadful people - this is the sort of thing people did in Spain during the inquisition...and you know where that ended up - get out the stakes in the town square...

    Posted by: arch | Sep 20, 2010 9:29:39 AM

  8. I like this alot! The bigoted kids did a nice simple protest of something they hated, The school didnt have any archaic and stupid problem with the guy running, And the protesters get in trouble for disruption, ITS LIKE ITS HIGH SCHOOL OR SOMETHING.

    Posted by: Fenrox | Sep 20, 2010 10:05:17 AM

  9. "the definition of a homecoming queen has always been..."

    First they're telling us the definition of marriage and now homecoming queens?

    What's next...the definition of how a real man takes a piss? Sitting or standing?

    Posted by: Keith | Sep 20, 2010 10:13:42 AM

  10. These students are bigots but why would a male student want to be homecoming queen?

    Posted by: Brad | Sep 20, 2010 10:16:49 AM

  11. For once a Tennessee school administrator is trying to do the right thing by seeing past gender and prejudice, and the protests of toxic and bigoted x-tians. I have to applaud the school for not caving to the pressure.

    As tolerance and acceptance of LGBT people increases these religious wackadoodles will look more and more bigoted and out of place in society, just as racial bigots did in the wake of the civil rights movement of the 1960's. In time the majority of fair-minded people will look at protesters like this with pity and judgment.

    Posted by: Tone | Sep 20, 2010 10:54:27 AM

  12. If you wanted to know what happened to the American Peasantry --- just look at that picture, they are still with us and due to successful GOP fiscal policy to kill the middle class, dumbing down American curriculum and promoting home schooling ---
    this kind of radicalized religious low level citizen is what you get by design.

    Posted by: tony x | Sep 20, 2010 11:02:27 AM

  13. Who would pray over something like this?

    Why is it that "Christians" in our country care about bullshit issues like some kid (likely mocking the system in his running) making a go for homecoming queen instead of trying to help feed/pray for the poor, the sick, and those in need.

    Jesus isn't listening to their prayers because it's a waste of his time. Idiots.

    Posted by: Joe | Sep 20, 2010 11:22:50 AM

  14. I started reading the first few posts and it was just about bashing TN and the people in the state..nothing really related to the article--Gary J, Alpha, and Disgusted American could all learn a lesson in bigotry, ignorance, and tolerance..along with the prayer group

    Posted by: Shawn | Sep 20, 2010 11:54:12 AM

  15. "These students are bigots but why would a male student want to be homecoming queen?"

    My sentiments exactly! What's with these teenage boys wanting to run for homecoming queen? I wouldn't have any problem with it if it were a transsexual student, but Gay guys competing against Straight girls for this traditional female honor is sexist, stereotypical and f*cked up.

    Posted by: Stuffed Animal | Sep 20, 2010 11:55:23 AM

  16. Although I think a prayer vigil is about as useful in this situation as a cotton swab in the recent gulf oil spill. Why does a guy/male/man need to run for homecoming QUEEEN.

    Ugh - at that point it's not equality, it's just rubbing people's noses in your gayness.

    Posted by: jakeinlove | Sep 20, 2010 12:42:02 PM

  17. I'm trying to figure out what they were praying to fill up an entire HOUR. After the first fifteen seconds it must have gotten really repetitive. If God was listening, He had to have put them on mute about two minutes in, went to the Kitchen for a Snapple, and came back to see if He'd missed anything.

    Posted by: Gavin | Sep 20, 2010 12:50:33 PM

  18. I think we need to look at the bigger picture. Only 15 students showed up for this "prayer" meeting, and the male student was allowed to put in his candidacy for homecoming queen (and there were people who probably voted for him too!). That's a huge leap in progress, in my book, compared to what Tennessee used to be like when I lived in the Midwest 20 years ago. It's these small changes that matter. Kudos to the student who ran, and I wish him every success in this world.

    Posted by: Keith | Sep 20, 2010 1:19:43 PM

  19. Nah, I doubt their sincerity--their religious convinction. BRING OUT THE POISONOUS SNAKES! Gonna do this right or not at all, I say.

    Posted by: TANK | Sep 20, 2010 1:40:15 PM

  20. Why do gays want to be Queens? Im gay but not GGGGGGAAAAAAYYYY, I mean c'mon.

    Posted by: Eric | Sep 20, 2010 2:06:33 PM

  21. "Why does a guy/male/man need to run for homecoming QUEEEN...UGH...it's just rubbing people's noses in your gayness."

    Are you a self-loathing fag, scared of effeminacy, "straight acting", or just plain fucking stupid and a bigot yourself?
    It's "rubbing people's noses in [our] gayness" that got us out of our closets, arsehole, and it was those who were brave enough to do so who got our mugs in the media and who got us challenging our shame and fear of ourselves - our diversity and our differences are to be celebrated. not hidden.
    That's what the rainbow means, in case you missed it.

    Posted by: Chaq | Sep 20, 2010 2:11:02 PM

  22. Wow, this became a referendum on the masculine hangups of many posters right quick, lickity split. So tedious and predictable. You're all man, right? Uh huh, uh huh...which has probly never been tested, as is the case with most "manly men". But feel free to flame away and voice your petty disapproval at a HS student who likely went through more of the fun stuff in his rural outpost than you ever did.

    Posted by: TANK | Sep 20, 2010 2:20:05 PM

  23. If it were a transexual student I would totally get it. But a gay guy? Really, let a girl who has been dreaming about this get that spot. Also just just seems to add to the stereotype that gay men want to be women. Makes us look really bad. Just as people start to accept us, this guy makes it harder...

    Posted by: Ari | Sep 20, 2010 2:26:08 PM

  24. And not negating that these people are bigots. I'm referring to middle america. There is room for gays of all types in our community but a shame that he wanted to take that spot from a girl. Imagine the impact it would have if a guy guy got Homecoming King? This unfortunately sets us back... right or wrong.

    Posted by: Ari | Sep 20, 2010 2:32:59 PM

  25. Imagine the impact it would have to shed repressive gender norms that are at the root of homophobia and sexism.

    Posted by: TANK | Sep 20, 2010 2:43:21 PM

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