“I was like, ‘I’m not going to go to prom and pretend I’m not gay.”

You have no idea, dear reader, how close this story is to my heart. An 18 year-old lesbian student has had her prom night ruined because of Southern American bigotry. She was not allowed to accompany her female partner "as a date" at the Prom. You can read the full story HERE.

Of course, I am outraged, I genuinely am outraged that people can be so mean. What kind of signals of rejection is this sending out, to someone at the beginning of their adult life? I don't buy into the gay martyrdom schtick as a rule, but this is about somebody who was brave enough to be true to themselves whilst surrounded by breathtaking insensitivity and ignorance.

(But I wish that young people would not say "And I was like.." It irritates me to death.)

1 comment:

Jim Baxter said...

Good on the lady.

To linguistic matters:

In mah day weedgies never said 'ah wiz like'. Instead they said, 'Ah sez taeyim s'Ah. - then - Sez-hee taymee.

Younger Glaswegians have of course adopted 'I was like', as it has been adopted across the formerly English-speaking world, although they also adapt it such that it becomes, 'Ahm like', Even those for whom English is not their first language can be heard adopting the 'I was like' abusage.

The weedgies municipal idiosyncrisy has, however, refined the usage to produce the content-free conversation which can now be heard throughout the Greater Glasgow area, verbatim, as follows:

'So he's like... and ahm like 'at. So now he's like... so she's like 'at and ahm like... 'at. So now he's like 'at so she's like 'at and ahm like... 'at.

After listening to a few minutes of this, most reluctantly, well, yer like 'at, no?