Alumni Rally In Support Of Gay Student Barred From Bringing Date To Homecoming

"I feel like it's a lot of ignorance and just a lack of understanding on their part."
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From the 28,000 signatures amassed from a Change.org petition to Tweets of support from Shonda Rhymes and the No H8 Campaign, Lance Sanderson, the Memphis, Tennessee high school student barred from bringing a male date to his Catholic prep school’s annual Homecoming dance, has witnessed support far and wide.

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“Let Lance dance, let Lance dance,” the crowd chanted at the Mid-South Pride Festival on Saturday, where Sanderson was joined by dozens of Christian Brothers High School alumni in a show of support.

“I thought that I’d have my first pride today,” Lance Sanderson told WREG Memphis. “I feel like it’s a lot of ignorance and just a lack of understanding on their part, and the people that do support me–I think they’ve really invested time and kind of thought about the issues.”

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“It’s different when you’re there with your partner, and I hope he gets that opportunity,” said Peter Scully, a CBHS alum who marched alongside Sanderson.

The school posted a letter on its website declaring that the Homecoming dance is no longer “a date dance,” citing that mixing boys from other schools in such an open atmosphere “can cause problems.”

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Sanderson offered the below statement on Twitter in response:

We’ll keep our eyes peeled for updates on this story.