[artist id=”3061469″]Lady Gaga[/artist] makes a point of taking care of her “little monsters.” That explains why the singer took time out from her busy touring and recording schedule on Wednesday to voice her support for 15-year-old Tennessee high school student Cole Goforth, who was sent home by officials at Greenbrier High School for wearing a T-shirt with the slogan “I Heart Lady Gay Gay.”
“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, explaining that she’d been in the studio “for days and hours of record after record” when she heard one of her monsters was being discriminated against by teachers.
“I love you Cole, you just be yourself,” she added early Thursday morning while on tour in Australia. “You’re perfect the way God made you.”
According to WSMV in Nashville, the fight over the shirt has turned into a First Amendment issue after Goforth’s mother claimed that the school is violating her son’s right to free speech by sending him home to change out of the shirt when other kids who wear shirts with religious slogans or Confederate flags aren’t treated the same way.
Goforth, who is openly gay, drew the attention of his school’s administrators on Monday, when he wore the shirt that pays homage to Gaga and her large gay following. He was sent home and ordered to change before returning to school because the shirt was allegedly causing a disruption. His mother said he’s worn shirts with the word gay on them before with no problem and speculated that the issue is more about her son’s look and orientation than the slogan.
“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,” said mom Julie Gordon.
The local school board’s dress code does not specifically ban shirts with the word “gay” on them, but it does allow each principal to interpret the dress code and take action if a student’s attire causes a disruption. Administrators said they took action on Monday because of a fight at the school last week.
“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.
“I just think my sexuality isn’t widely accepted around here,” Goforth responded. “So of course they are going to single me out.” The school said Gordon can appeal the dress code.
How do you think people at your school would have reacted to a “Lady Gay Gay” shirt? Would you wear one? Share your thoughts in the comments!