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Even Derrick Martin’s Gay Friends Bailed On Him

Would it be so wrong to wrap our arms around the shoulders of Georgia high school senior Derrick Martin, pull him close to our breast, stroke his hair, and tell him everything is going to be all right? After winning approval to bring his boyfriend to the prom, he was promptly kicked out of his own house and protested by classmates. Oh, and even his gay friends pretty much abandoned him.

He also has friends who are gay, Derrick said. He expected some of them to stand with him when he took his request to school officials. “I thought I would have had a little bit of backup,” he said, disappointment creeping in his voice. “But it’s just me.” His boyfriend, who’s also 18 and a school senior, has not made any public comments. Derrick’s parents are remaining silent, too.

For now, he’s staying at a female friend’s house. (They went together to prom last year.) But come April 17, Derrick’s prom night will arrive. And we hope his parents are there to snap pictures as he awkwardly pins a boutonniere on his boyfriend’s tux.