because of the media attention, Martin's parents have kicked him out and the teen is staying with a friend, he said.
Much more, including video, after the jump...
It's appalling this is happening to a brave, bright young man who simply wanted to take his boyfriend to prom. Derrick seems to be remaining strong and is proud of the stand he took, saying:
Maybe (other gay students) will think if Bleckley County will let them, maybe my school will.
I can only say how proud I am of Derrick Martin for the stand he is making and how angry I am at his parents for kicking him out. Instead of the unconditional love a parent should have for their child, they are doing what still happens to too many LGBT youth that come out by rejecting them. I hope that our national orgs, like PFLAG or the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force, move in to help this brave young student or set up a way for all of us to pitch in. I also hope his parents will be reached out to and educated so their family can heal.
This is what those opposing equality, that demonize us in every campaign, speech, and referendum, do: they plant seeds of bigotry and hate that tear apart families. They cultivate fear and loathing that causes a parent to kick out their child simply for wanting to go to a dance with the person he cares for. That's some definition of "Family Values"...
Stories like this are why we fight. This is why we educate, lobby, protest, take to the street, and continue to live our lives openly. We talk a lot about the strides we have made as a community. Yet we still have so far to go.
We have a new generation of young, energized activists ready to make sacrifices to stand for equality. We must do all we can to stand with them and give them the resources they need to not only continue the fight, but live their lives to the fullest and without fear.