I was so disturbed as I read this article. While racism is still a part of the current fight for civil rights, the issue of homophobia and discrimination against LGBT people, particularly students at a high school prom, is still a violation of civil rights. Isaak Wolfe, a transgender student at Red Lion Area Senior High School in York County, Pennsylvania, was nominated for prom royalty; however, instead of being nominated for Prom King, principal Mark Shue placed Wolfe on the ballot for Prom Queen under his birth name. Who does that? What kind of person would do that to another human being? To secretly go behind someone's back and violate them in such a way as this is cruel and a severe violation of human rights. Shame on Shue for going to such extremes simply because he was "uncomfortable with putting Wolfe's name on the boys' list."
Unfortunately, Wolfe is not the only LGBT student to have been discriminated against by faculty or citizens in the community. At the bottom of the article, there is a slide show of LGBT students posing with their prom dates. A few of the captions state that the couples were denied entrance to their junior and senior proms simply because of their sexuality. I am ashamed to say that my high school did the same thing as well, and the faculty did not let same-sex couples purchase prom tickets. In Sullivan, Indianna, a group of residents proposed having a non-school sanctioned "traditional" prom, one that would ban gay students. These stories have civil rights violation written all over them. To deny any individual any kind of political or social freedom or equality is a violation of civil rights.
What do you think of this? Am I wrong in saying that denying a person's preference is a violation of civil rights? How has the Civil Rights Movement changed over the years in terms of the people fighting for civil rights? Are subcategories of civil rights necessary to differentiate between the "type" of civil rights violation, or does it even matter the "type" of discrimination? I do not think that there are varying degrees of discrimination; rather, there is discrimination and there is acceptance.