Lady Gaga Tweets Support for Student Sent Home for “Lady Gay Gay” Shirt
April 8th, 2010 at 9:36 am by Erin Rook
Lady Gaga, known for standing up for her fellow freaks and queers, tweeted her support for the 15-year-old Tennessee students sent home by school officials for a wearing a T-shirt that read “I (Heart) Lady Gay Gay,” according to MTV.
“Thank u for wearing your tee-shirt proud at school, you make me so proud, at the monsterball, you are an inspiration to us all. I love you,” Gaga tweeted on Wednesday, after hearing that Cole Goforth, who is openly gay, had been sent home by Greenbrier High School administrators for his “disruptive” attire. While on tour in Australia early Thursday morning, she added, “I love you Cole, you just be yourself. You’re perfect the way God made you.”
Goforth’s mother, Julie Gordon, said her son has worn shirts with the word gay on them before without any problem and speculated that the school’s response had more to do with his appearance and orientation than the words on the shirt.
“I think they are singling him out, I really do, and they’ve made statements that if he wore this in California, he’d fit in just fine,” Gordon said. She pointed out that students who wear shirts with religious slogans and Confederate flags are not sent home, and called the action a violation of her son’s First Amendment rights.
According to WSMV in Nashville, the school justified their decision based on recent tension at the school following a fight.
“We’ve had a few disruptions the last few days, and we thought the slogan on that shirt would continue to escalate those incidents that had occurred,” said Danny Weeks, assistant director of the school board.
The decision was clearly a subjective one, since the school’s dress code does not specifically ban shirts with the word “gay” on them. As far as Goforth is concerned, it’s discrimination, plain and simple.
“I just think my sexuality isn’t widely accepted around here,” Goforth responded. “So of course they are going to single me out.”