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Lesbian Couple Banned from High School Formal in Australia


Here's a Constance McMillen deja vu for you.

Hannah Williams and Savannah Supski, a lesbian student couple at Ivanhoe Girls Grammar School outside of Melbourne, Australia, were banned from the school formal, the Sydney Morning Herald reports:

A few weeks earlier a teacher had told the year 11 student she couldn't attend the dance with her 15-year-old girlfriend, Savannah Supski. She was asked to bring a male instead. ''It made me very upset. I thought it was unfair so I didn't go,'' she said.

''I put a lot of effort into trying to fix things. I had meetings with principals; looked through the Equal Opportunity Act; all my friends put posters up around the school and the teachers ripped them down. There was an easy solution; they just needed to let me go with my girlfriend.''

Hannah's father, Peter Williams, lodged a complaint with the Equal Opportunity Commission, alleging the school - Ivanhoe Girls' Grammar in Melbourne - had discriminated against his daughter because of her sexual orientation.

Savannah and Hannah are moving to a new school, where same-sex couples are welcomed at the school formal.

Hannah appeared on an Australian radio show, and gave a great interview about the discrimination.

Listen to her interview, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Whoa. It's like Heavenly Creatures... without all the murder and stuff.

    Posted by: crispy | Nov 10, 2010 9:14:26 AM

  2. Girls grammar school? Public? With cute uniforms? Do any still exist in the U.S.? A fantasy lesbian couple if ever there was one. The whole thing is like a cheesy porn plot.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Nov 10, 2010 9:39:02 AM

  3. Shame on Ivanhoe Girls Grammar! What a disgrace. As a proud Melbournian living in the US i never thought this would happen in my home town.

    The young lady seems quite articulate for a 16 year old. You can bet that she has the support of most folks in Melbourne, including her peers.

    Posted by: JP | Nov 10, 2010 10:40:57 AM

  4. What you fail to mention here, even though it was present in the SMH article, is that NO student at the school was permitted to bring a partner from junior school. Savannah is only in year 10 & all students were allowed to bring partners from years 11 & 12. Not everything is an anti-gay conspiracy.

    Posted by: Ian | Nov 10, 2010 4:35:05 PM

  5. why do you hate america, ian?

    Posted by: TANK | Nov 10, 2010 4:48:26 PM

  6. However, Ian, that was not the reason. It was because she is a girl. It makes me ashamed of these sort of people.

    Posted by: Stephen | Nov 10, 2010 4:55:18 PM

  7. Ian, the girl has stated that other people brought people from other year levels. She attended a girls only school and were told to bring male guests from other schools, but they clearly wouldn't have checked if every male guest from from year 11.

    Crispy, Australian schools still have uniforms. Thankfully.

    Posted by: Glenn | Nov 11, 2010 2:39:53 AM

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