Back then, all too recently, the High School Prom, University Graduation Ball or equivalent event was just an occasion for gay students to disguise their true natures and date members of the opposite sex. Otherwise they risked being discovered, outed, and publicly humiliated. Those days are, sadly, still here for far too many students across far too many nations.
But times are, slowly but surely changing. Jacob Lescenski, a Las Vegas, Nevada high school student, is straight. His best friend, Anthony Martinez, is gay. Here's how straight Jacob asked his gay buddy Anthony to the prom.
"You’re hella gay, I’m hella str8, but you’re like my brother so be my d8!," Jacob wrote on the sign held up by his friends.
“He’s a real man,” gay Anthony said of Jacob in a post, “given that he has the guts to fulfill my gay student council dream of always helping out planning dances, and never getting asked. I couldn’t ask for a better person in my life.”
“I just always wanted a date,” added Anthony, “but I knew being gay, and knowing I’m too busy for guys, no gay guy would ask me to a dance, let alone prom. So like any teen I complained about it on Twitter. On April 21 I was down at lunch selling prom tickets and I went upstairs to go to class and saw this giant poster and assumed it was for another person… until I read ‘You’re hella gay.'”
Such heartwarming individual incidents are just the tip of the iceberg, visible evidence supported by a seismic shift in social attitudes. Here comes the hard data.
The recent ABC News/Washington Post poll shows 61 percent of Americans support same-sex marriage, and only 35 percent do not.
Source: ABCNews/Washington Post
Just ten years ago , the numbers were the reverse with 62% opposed and only 32% in support. On such pieces of evidence, whether a touching tale or a batch of statistics, are legitimate hopes for a brighter future built.
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