It's prom season! Because these dances are so meaningful for adults and students, every year proms become a place for social conflicts over sexuality, race, and gender to play out. Proms in many ways reflect dominant values. But they have historically been places where students have challenged the norms of their communities.
In 1980, gays and lesbians in the U.S. had no legal right to attend high school prom with same-sex dates. Then Aaron Fricke sued his high school and set a powerful series of events into motion.