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People Are Heartbroken That This Teen Isn’t Allowed To Take Her Girlfriend To Her High School Prom

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Despite the notion that we are allegedly living in a more progressive world, there are still certain news stories that cause me to do a double-take and ask “Wait, what year is it?”

Recently, two high schoolers were told that they could not attend prom together because they were a same-sex couple.

17-year-old Paula Goodgame is a relatively new student at St. Petersburg Catholic High School in St. Petersburg, Florida. She has been dating her girlfriend, Anjali Persad, for about four months, and was hoping that she would be able to bring Persad to St. Petersburg’s prom. However, Goodgame was cautioned by other students, who told her that it was against the school’s prom guidelines to bring a date of the same gender. 

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Goodgame told BuzzFeed that she reached out to her guidance counselor via email to ask about the rule. Her email read:

I just transferred here and I don’t exactly have too many friends, and that added on with the social anxiety of prom makes me feel like prom would be awkward for me. Because of that and news I heard from my friend, I was asking for confirmation if I could bring my girlfriend to prom. That way I could have a familiar face in the crowd and be with my date.

The guidance counselor sent back the following response:

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Not exactly expertise guidance, particularly considering the rather egregious typo.

“I took the response as a huge surprise because of how rude it was,” Goodgame told BuzzFeed of the email. “Especially because it was coming from someone I’m supposed to confide in.”

Goodgame posted a screenshot of the email to her Twitter, sadly telling her followers that it looked as though she wasn’t going to be allowed to go to the prom with Persad.

People responded to the tweet with reactions of both support and extreme disbelief. 

Several Twitter users even emailed the school directly, lobbying on Paula’s behalf.

Goodgame says that she will attend the prom at Persad’s private school this weekend, but is still unsure as to whether or not the couple will be allowed to go to the St. Petersburg prom. However, she says she is touched by the influx of support that she has received from everyone.

“I never expected that tweet to get so much attention, and a lot of people say that they’re in the same boat — some at Catholic school and some not. It’s sad to see that people still aren’t very accepting,” Goodgame tells BuzzFeed.

Goodgame’s girlfriend, Persad, says she is equally touched by the positive responses.

“I really love all the love and support we’ve received since the tweet blew up, It’s been really amazing watching the LGBT community stick up for each other. I hope that all other LGBT students in our situation can find courage to stand up for themselves and for others so we can find equality for all.”

Goodgame says that if she ultimately can’t go to the St. Petersburg prom with her girlfriend, then she will not be attending.

“If she can’t go to my prom, then that prom is not worth going to. You’re supposed to have that whole ‘magical’ night with someone special, ya know? It wouldn’t be worth it without her.”

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