St Patrick’s College in Wellington has told a student he can’t bring another boy to the school ball as his date. Malcolm Pimentel was told he would not be allowed to bring friend and former St Patrick’s town pupil Keith Labad as his date by Father Paul Martin, the school’s rector.
I am a Catholic. I just also happen to be queer. We are not taking shots at religion, but rather, we’re trying to claim what we deserve as humans and that is our right. This is not an attack on our school or religion.
Go Keith! The school’s purported reason for its decision is far from credible:
It’s a management issue. When you have boys from other schools or former students, you can have tensions between the students. Balls are complicated enough without adding another dimension.
Just substitute “students” for “boys” and they would have no students taking partners to the ball at all, that’s how ridiculous their excuse is. This reeks of homophobia, and is totally unacceptable.
Keith and Malcolm have set up a Facebook event page where you can offer them your support.
Update: And as Idiot/Savant at No Right Turn points out in a post delightfully titled I thought this only happened in Alabama, it is not just totally unacceptable, but totally unlawful.
Update 16/06/11: The Facebook event page has now been canceled. Not sure why yet.