Editor, Casa Grande Dispatch:
I want to address a letter published pertaining to the Vista Grande High School prom. This letter was, to summarize, a homophobic rant about how a young boy was expressing himself femininely. I first want to applaud Vista Grande High School a million times over for allowing him to feel a part of the student body, and to give him a safe space to feel like himself on an extremely strenuous night. I want everyone to think back to their proms or homecoming or winter formals. Now, what was the one thought you all had? Because I know that my friends and I were trying to look the best and make everybody notice us. I’m sure that’s the biggest thought everyone has when picking out their dresses and suits. I want to address the heinous claims about this young man made by, I’m assuming, an adult. I’m speaking directly to you now. If you claim that ticket prices were “pricey,” how in the same breath are you going to judge a child on the way he dresses to the event?
Now to answer the question, “Why was he not asked to leave the minute he got there?” Well that’s because none of us care about how he dressed. We see him dressed stunningly every day at the very school that we all went to prom at. That’s who he is and we are all OK with that. Nobody who actually went to prom that night had their entire night ruined by what this kid was wearing. I as a student did not get my feelings hurt by what he was wearing at prom. What did hurt me was the fact that you as an adult thought it was OK to publicly shame this child and the high school because you were offended by what he wore. It’s 2019, we have made so many good changes to the societal norms and are continuing to do so with our future generations becoming a loving, open-minded society. But you are clearly not one of those people .