Gay Student In Tennessee Says He Can't Bring Date Of His Choice To School Dance

| by Jared Keever
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A gay high school student in Memphis, Tennessee, says his school won’t let him bring the date of his choice to the school’s homecoming dance. 

Lance Sanderson is a senior at Christian Brothers High School (CBHS), a private all-boys Catholic school, according to WMC News. 

Sanderson says he wants to bring a male date to the dance, but his date doesn’t attend the school and therefore can’t attend. 

The school’s policy for the dance was laid out in a Sept. 24 news bulletin that was posted on the school’s website.

The policy reads: ”CBHS students may attend the dance by themselves, with other CBHS students, or with a girl from another school. For logistical reasons, boys from other schools may not attend,” according to WMC.

In an interview with the Memphis Flyer, Sanderson said he had been told last year by a school administrator that he would be allowed to bring a date of his choice. But that administrator has since left. 

While the current policy would technically let a same-sex couple attend the dance if they were both students at CBHS, Sanderson says it doesn’t do him any good because his date doesn’t attend the school. 

CBHS declined to comment for the story in the Flyer. And WMC reported that officials have not publicly commented on the policy. 

Sanderson has started a petition on, asking for support in the hope that the school will change the policy. He has received over 2,200 signatures. 

“I just want to bring a date of my choice to homecoming like the rest of my friends and classmates,” the petition reads. “I'm not asking for special treatment. I'm just asking for respect, and the chance to make my last homecoming a truly memorable experience.”

Sources: WMC News, Memphis Flyer,

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