Memphis Flyer- A Christian Brothers High School (CBHS) senior was told by school administrators that he wouldn't be able to bring his male date to the school's homecoming dance this Saturday.
Now the private all-boys Catholic school has issued a policy on its website stating that "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."
Lance Sanderson said he discussed bringing a male date from another school to the dance with an administrator last year and was told he could. But that administrator left over the summer.
"I was sitting down talking to one of the current administrators over the summer, and at the end of our conversation, I mentioned it, expecting him to say the same thing. And he had a very different response," Sanderson said. "He mentioned a [gay] couple in Texas and said I was a lot like this one person and said that the guy's boyfriend murdered him. It was a little rough."
Sanderson said CBHS convened a committee to look into the possibility of allowing same-sex dates, and the committee drafted the current policy that says boys from other schools are not allowed to come to the dance. Sanderson said the policy has been read over the school's intercom daily this week.
"The way they worded it is 'for logistical reasons, boys from other schools may not attend.' I asked about it in a meeting [Tuesday] morning, and they said they didn't want guys from our school getting into disagreements with guys from other schools," Sanderson said.
Okay, so obviously we can all agree that not being 100% open to same sex couples in 2015 is utterly insane. I mean, if there was going to be an institution that was close minded toward the LGBT community it would be an all-boys Catholic High School in Memphis, Tennessee, but that's neither here nor there. Let's assume there were extenuating circumstances that forced this kid into attending a place that was quite literally the most likely school in the nation to discriminate against homosexuality. To reiterate the disclaimer, regardless of the geographical location and the religious affiliation of the school, it's never right to tell a kid who he can and can't bring to a dance.
Now, with all of that out of the way, can we at least give a tip of the cap to this school administrator? There's no good reason to tell a kid that he can't bring a date of his choosing to homecoming. However, "logistical reasons" is just about the best vague non-reason you can possibly conjure up. "Logistical reasons" is basically the equivalent of saying "we don't really have a reason, other than a disdain for your sexuality". It's just sounds way, way more formal than that. The phrase "logistical reasons" can't be interpreted as prejudice. Hell, no one even knows what it means. I'm not even just saying that in jest. The very first definition of 'logistical' is, "Of or relating to logistics". Is that even real life? That explanation wouldn't even be allowed in 'Catch Phrase'. "Logistical reasons" really is just a placeholder terminology for when you don't have a legitimate answer. It's essentially the much more effective version of "just because". How have I been missing out on this for all these years?! Why were you absent from school? Logistical reasons. Why were you late to work? Logistical reasons. Why did you skip your cousin's christening to go get loaded at a college football tailgate? Logistical reasons. Go ahead. Argue against it. You can't. You don't even know what you're arguing against. No one does. That's why this kid has no credible response. Just accept the loss and enjoy your homosexual relationship off school grounds. You just got beat in a war of words by a phrase that means absolutely nothing. Welcome to your...