- Paula Goodgame was told by her school that she would not be allowed to bring her girlfriend, Anjali Persad, to the school dance
- St. Petersburg Catholic High School, USA administration allegedly insisted that ‘escorts to the dance must be of the opposite gender'
- Goodgame is now calling for other gay couples to come out and condemn what she terms as discrimination against gay students
A 17-year-old teenager was recently prevented from attending school prom dance with her female lover because she is gay.
Paula Goodgame was allegedly told that she could not be allowed to bring Anjali Persad, her lover, to a prom dance at St. Petersburg Catholic High School. The school insisted that ‘escorts had to be of the opposite gender’.
"If you could have one of your male friends ask her as his date that would probably work," Goodgame’s guidance counsellor wrote.
The teen girl says the decision to stop her from attending the dance because she was gay took her by surprised. To her, this was pure discrimination.
"There are other gay people at the school, and a couple of the students there have gay parents. No one really expected this to come about, especially me and my friends," she says.
She is hopping that all other LGBT students in her school and other situations will find courage to stand up for themselves and fight for equality for all.
Watch video of transgender teen couple who were barred from a Prom party: