BOONEVILLE — Starmount High School has now given the green light to Jordan Nixon and boyfriend Chase to attend their prom together. This did not occur easily.

Seems that Nixon’s mother, Leesa, challenged the school when she was told that they could not go as a couple.

According to, Momma Nixon said, “The discrimination that Chase was confronted with has been resolved. I called and spoke with his principal and informed her that not allowing Chase to bring his boyfriend to the prom was discrimination and a violation of his constitutionally protected rights. I threatened to call the ACLU, (which I did) and go to the media.

“After our first conversation, I was contacted by Mrs. Parker, who informed me that she was waiting on the school attorney to call.

“April 7th, Mrs. Parker left a message on my phone stating that she had spoken with the school attorney and that the school was going to allow Chase to bring my son Jordan to his Senior Prom ‘as his outside date’ and that what they were going to have to do, was change the rule to allow students to bring a guest and not necessarily a ‘date.’

“To be fair to Mrs. Parker, I got the distinct impression that she did not agree with this policy and was only trying to follow the rules that were in effect in her school district before she got there. She immediately went to work and corrected the issue at hand.

“I applaud Starmount High School for their quick actions, I brought this issue to their attention and in one day they not only changed their initial decision, they changed their policy to ensure that this would never happen again. Although they change their policy to state ‘guest’ instead of ‘date,’ it is still a step in the right direction and they should be admired for their willingness to change. It is my hope that all schools would respond to these issues in such a fair and timely manner.”

Across the nation and in Canada as well, teens are challenging their right to take same-sex dates to their proms. Constance McMillen, who was duped by being steered to an alternate location for her prom, was shut out of the more popular set’s event. This does not alter the fact that on May 8, Green Day, Lance Bass, chef Cat Cora and others are hosting a gay-friendly prom in tiny Tupelo, Miss. It is open to everyone, but has a LGBT student target. The American Humanist Association is also contributing $20,000.

Over the border in Ontario, Canada, a judge ruled that teen Marc Hall could take his boyfriend to their dance at a Roman Catholic high school.

In Cochran, Ga., high school senior Derrick Martin won the right to attend his prom with boyfriend Richard Goodman, but was later kicked out of his home after his family disapproved of the media coverage of the controversy. : :

This piece appeared in the April 17, 2010-April 30, 2010 print edition.

Lainey Millen

Lainey Millen is QNotes' former associate editor, special assignments writer, N.C. and U.S./World News Notes columnist and production director.

One reply on “LGBT students gaining ground”

  1. I’m so proud of my home high school!

    This situation could have been handled so poorly, and probably would have been when I was there. We’ve come so far and I look forward to what the future holds.

    I’m glad to see that even in a small town equality matters. I want to thank the studens who came forward and made this happen. It takes real guts to stand up for what you believe in. I also want to thank the supportive parents. I know that LGBT support is hard to find in a small town and it’s parents like these that make LGBT youth proud of themselves and willing to seek the changes necessary to rectify an unjust rule. Young people are the leaders of tomorrow, but why not start today?

    GO RAMS!

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