17-year-old Paula Goodgame, a junior at St. Petersburg Catholic High School in St. Petersburg, FL., was told she wouldn’t be allowed to bring her girlfriend to prom just a week shy of the fairy-tale night every high school teen looks forward to.
The Catholic school’s official posted prom guidelines to the school’s website that state, “escorts must be of opposite gender,” but as a new transfer student, Goodgame was unaware of it. When one of her classmates decided to warn her about the rule, she reached out to one of her teachers via email for clarity:
“I just transferred here and I don’t exactly have too many friends, and that added on with
the social anxiety of prom makes me feel like prom would be awkward for me.
Because of that and news I heard from my friend, I was asking for on
confirmation if I could bring my girlfriend to prom. That way I could have a
familiar face in the crowd and be with my date.”
When the teacher didn’t respond, she emailed the guidance counselor. She not only got a response that addressed her concern but was provided with an interesting solution … in addition to a typo.
For Goodgame, this response just wasn’t good enough, so she proceeded to ask why same-sex dates weren’t allowed. They simply told her that they wanted to maintain traditions and stick to their original rules. Paula expressed that she wasn’t convinced by their answer in an interview with Fresh U by saying, “It seems silly to me because there’s a rule that you can’t bring someone over 20 to prom, and someone is bringing their 22-year-old boyfriend to the dance.”
Paula and her girlfriend, Anjali Persad, a senior at Canterbury Private School of Florida, have been dating for about four months. The enormously cute couple just wants to be able to enjoy each other’s company while spending priceless moments together. Goodgame told BuzzFeed News, “If she can’t go to prom, then that prom is not worth going to. You’re supposed to have that whole ‘magical’ night with someone special, you know? It wouldn’t be worth it without her.” She continued by insisting that they will still dress up, go somewhere, and have fun.
When Goodgame originally tweeted about the incident, Twitter unexpectedly erupted with outstanding support, and some people even sent emails to the school on her behalf. Unfortunately, after recently speaking with Paula, she stated her school is still not allowing them to attend prom together this weekend. However, on a much happier note, the two did attend Persad’s prom together last weekend and had an amazing time. Yet even more importantly … they were set to be crowned Prom Queens, but decided to humbly decline so they wouldn't take away from the original people involved in the running.