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05/07/2008

Gay high schooler able to earn respect of peers? Kan. teen can!

by Jeremy Hooper

You know all those teen movies about the girl who triumphs over adversity (usually in the form of glasses and unkempt hair) and goes on to become homecoming royalty? Yea, well, isn't about time we heard a charming story about a young gay boy who triumphs over bias, captures the hearts and minds of his stereotypically conservative high school, and eventually becomes homecoming king?

 2137340.0Kansas City's The Pitch thinks so. Check out the charming, airy, inspiring tale of Matthew Pope:

The Shawnee Mission East class of '08 loves its gay homecoming king [The Pitch]

Facebook? iPhones? Wikipedia rather than that musty old set of Encyclopedia Britannicas that your mother bought at the supermarket three decades earlier? And now the ability to be both openly gay and elected to something other than "punching bag"? Damn this 1970's birthdate! I wanna redo high school in the Myspace generation!

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Great article JH, I was going to send it to you... forgetting where I had gotten the link! He does realize Sally Kern lives (and loves?) in Oklahoma right?

Posted by: LOrion | May 7, 2008 8:40:08 PM

That was uplifting, heart-warming, and brought a huge smile to my face on an otherwise crappy day :)

Posted by: zortnac | May 7, 2008 9:02:40 PM

Fantastic article. I would have missed it without your posting. We are making some progress!

Posted by: john q. public | May 7, 2008 10:08:36 PM

FYI: I registered and sent a comment back on the article... and one of the editors says they want to print it. We'll see. Here it is.
That is a wonderful article Jen Chen wrote about Matthew Pope. A very objective
and concise, but complete description of his special Senior Year. The school
sounds like a special place too. I am a PFLAG member, Straight for Equality,
trying to be as out and proud as he is.
I would want him to realize, however, that there is an Oklahoma State Representative,
Sally Kern, who has given multiple hate speeches against gays just this year, will not retract any of them,
and that she is supported by the Republicans in the Oklahoma Legislature.
Reportedly she has even removed one of her sons name from her biography because he is gay.
So in essence I would recommend that he be sure there is an active GSA on any
campus he attends.

Posted by: LOrion | May 8, 2008 7:29:20 PM

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