More than 1,500 New Yorkers gathered today in Manhattan to mourn the death of a 32 year-old gay man, who was shot down on Friday just blocks away from the historic Stonewall Inn in an apparent act of anti-gay bias.
UPDATE: Students Protest Georgia School's Decision to Allow Gay Teens at Prom
According to the local newspaper, The Daily Telegraph, some residents fear that their small town will be seen as “gay friendly”:
“People who don’t know the area will think [the school’s decision] reflects on everybody,” Cochran resident John Smith said.
The Telegraph also reported that some students are advocating for a separate, private prom that would have legal authority to exclude same-sex couples.
The organizer of Thursday’s rally said she returned her prom ticket and demanded a refund:
“I don’t believe in going up there and dancing with gay guys like that,” Amber Duskin said. “It’s also not just him bringing a boy. It was bringing all this attention to it.”
As for the student at the center of the controversy, 18-year-old Derrick Martin says he still plans on bringing his boyfriend to prom.
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