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** However, Kurt was [[spoiler:[[SympatheticSue voted prom queen]] [[TeensAreMonsters by the student body]] [[{{Anvilicious}} apparently as a mean-spirited prank]]]], although he handles the situation well. And Santana believes that she lost the crown because she's a lesbian, but that doesn't seem to be factual.

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** However, Kurt was [[spoiler:[[SympatheticSue voted prom queen]] [[TeensAreMonsters by the student body]] [[{{Anvilicious}} apparently as as]] [[PromWrecker a mean-spirited prank]]]], although he handles the situation well. And Santana believes that she lost the crown because she's a lesbian, but that doesn't seem to be factual.


* ''Anime/DoubleDecker'' shows a variation in Max's backstory- she is unable to attend prom with her [[spoiler: transgender best friend and implied her FirstLove, notably while she is in a suit and her friend is in a dress. The discrimination that they faced goes on to fuel her own dislike of proms and similar gatherings, blaming it for the fall of Connor.]]

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* ''Anime/DoubleDecker'' shows a variation in Max's backstory- she is unable to attend prom with her [[spoiler: transgender best friend and implied her FirstLove, notably while she is in a suit and her friend is in a dress. The discrimination that they faced goes on to fuel her own dislike of proms and similar gatherings, blaming it for the fall of Connor.Connor and Max's ascent as an IceQueen she is in the present.]]


* ''Series/SWitchedAtBirth'': When Natalie brings her girlfriend Hilary to prom they're informed that because Hilary's in a tuxedo instead of a dress they can't go in (this violates the dress code). Although not due to their sexuality, it's clearly restrictive about gender expression (since Hilary doesn't wear dresses). Some of the other girls too wear tuxs in solidarity with them, then stage a prom of their own on the lawn outside. They also mention other same-sex couples being refused entry elsewhere.

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* ''Series/SWitchedAtBirth'': ''Series/SwitchedAtBirth'': When Natalie brings her girlfriend Hilary to prom they're informed that because Hilary's in a tuxedo instead of a dress they can't go in (this violates the dress code). Although not due to their sexuality, it's clearly restrictive about gender expression (since Hilary doesn't wear dresses). Some of the other girls too wear tuxs in solidarity with them, then stage a prom of their own on the lawn outside. They also mention other same-sex couples being refused entry elsewhere.

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* ''WebComic/{{Rain}}'': The rules for senior prom state that any underclassmen and students from other schools must be a guest of a senior, and that all pairs must be a boy and a girl. Rain and her friends, many of whom are LGBTQ and/or underclassmen, come up with [[http://rain.thecomicseries.com/comics/957/ a plan in which several of them go as each other's "dates" to get each other into prom]], but they don't have enough male seniors to cover everyone. Rain decides to take Chanel as her guest and signs up under her deadname, hoping that the prom organizers don't know her and would assume her deadname belongs to a boy.[[note]]While it's technically a gender-neutral name, several characters view it with a masculine bias; Rain takes advantage of this to both register without issue and talk her way out of any questions.[[/note]] It works, and at the reception hall Chanel and Rain are able to get in with an excuse that they misread the rules and thought they could come as just friends -- though judging by the [[http://rain.thecomicseries.com/comics/1168/ receptionist's reaction to Chanel and Maria]], they probably would have let them in anyway.

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* ''Series/SWitchedAtBirth'': When Natalie brings her girlfriend Hilary to prom they're informed that because Hilary's in a tuxedo instead of a dress they can't go in (this violates the dress code). Although not due to their sexuality, it's clearly restrictive about gender expression (since Hilary doesn't wear dresses). Some of the other girls too wear tuxs in solidarity with them, then stage a prom of their own on the lawn outside. They also mention other same-sex couples being refused entry elsewhere.


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* ''Class Menagerie'' had Mikey reminiscing about the time his high school put on a rendition of ''Film/{{Grease}}'' expy musical ''Slicked'', where he had gotten stuck playing the nerd character. One of the scenes shown is the setup for the prom, where the announcer feels the need to clarify that only male-female couples are allowed at the dance, with the main character mocking the nerd character with an "guess you're out of luck". That Mikey himself actually is secretly gay didnt help matters.
* In ''WebComic/RockAndRiot'', the two gangs (all members queer) all want to go to prom, but the principal says that no one is allowed to flout the dress code (hence Rolly, a transgirl, isn't allowed to wear dresses) and no one can attend with an inappropriate partner. Everyone is understandably distresses.
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* ''WebComic/ClassMenagerie'' had Mikey reminiscing about the time his high school put on a rendition of ''Film/{{Grease}}'' expy musical ''Slicked'', where he had gotten stuck playing the nerd character. One of the scenes shown is the setup for the prom, where the announcer feels the need to clarify that only male-female couples are allowed at the dance, with the main character mocking the nerd character with an "guess you're out of luck". That Mikey himself actually is secretly gay didnt help matters.
* In WebComic/RockAndRiot, the two gangs (all members queer) all want to go to prom, but the principal says that no one is allowed to flout the dress code (hence Rolly, a transgirl, isn't allowed to wear dresses) and no one can attend with an inappropriate partner. Everyone is understandably distresses.
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* Completed averted in VisualNovel/MonsterProm, where the player character's gender doesn't restrict your romance options. In fact, you can even pick whatever gender you're comfortable with.
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* ''Series/QueerAsFolk'': Justin initially doesn't want to go to his prom because he thinks it's only for straight kids, then wants to go with Brian, and ends up asking Daphne to go with him as friends. Brian surprises Justin by showing up dressed to the nines and shares a wonderful dance with him...[[spoiler:and then Justin [[DownerEnding is gay-bashed and nearly dies.]]]]

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* ''Series/QueerAsFolk'': Justin initially doesn't want to go to his prom because he thinks it's only for straight kids, then wants to go with Brian, and ends up asking Daphne to go with him as friends. Brian surprises Justin by showing up dressed to the nines and shares a wonderful dance with him...[[spoiler:and then Justin [[DownerEnding is gay-bashed and nearly dies.]]]]dies]].]]



* Happens on ''Series/EightSimpleRules'' when Kerry decides to show her support for gay people (even though she herself wasn't gay) by taking a girl to prom. A [[SubvertedTrope subversion]] occurs when it turns out her date was also doing the same thing, meaning both girls thought the other one was a lesbian.

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* Happens on ''Series/EightSimpleRules'' when Kerry decides to show her support for gay people (even though she herself wasn't gay) by taking a girl to prom. A [[SubvertedTrope subversion]] {{subversion}} occurs when it turns out her date was also doing the same thing, meaning both girls thought the other one was a lesbian.






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* ''Anime/DoubleDecker'' shows a variation in Max's backstory- she is unable to attend prom with her [[spoiler: transgender best friend]], notably while she is in a suit and her friend is in a dress. The discrimination that they faced goes on to fuel her own dislike of proms and similar gatherings.

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* ''Anime/DoubleDecker'' shows a variation in Max's backstory- she is unable to attend prom with her [[spoiler: transgender best friend]], friend and implied her FirstLove, notably while she is in a suit and her friend is in a dress. The discrimination that they faced goes on to fuel her own dislike of proms and similar gatherings.
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*''Film/{{GBF}}'' has this mostly played for laughs (half the people invoking the trope are gay or allies involved in an elaborate revenge plot), and condemns anyone who would invoke it seriously.


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* Played with in ''[[Theatre/EverybodysTalkingAboutJamie Everybody's Talking About Jamie]]'', as the issue isn't that Jamie is gay, but that he wants to come in drag (with the underlying implication that the objections are due to homophobia).
* The entire premise of ''Theatre/TheProm'' is this trope played completely straight.
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* On ''Film/Camp2003'', the CampGay kid tried going to a school dance in drag, only to have his ticket thrown back at him. He later gets beaten up in the hallway.

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* On in ''Film/Camp2003'', the CampGay kid tried going to a school dance in drag, only to have his ticket thrown back at him. He later gets beaten up in the hallway.



* Lampshaded in the rebooted ''Series/TeenWolf''. Scott [=McCall=], who is straight, is forbidden to attend a dance but sneaks in anyway. He's spotted by a teacher, so he grabs his gay classmate for a dance. The teacher is too afraid of being thought of as homophobic to make a scene kicking Scott out if he's there with a boy, so Scott gets to stay at the dance.

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* Lampshaded in the rebooted MTV series ''Series/TeenWolf''. Scott [=McCall=], who is straight, is forbidden to attend a dance but sneaks in anyway. He's spotted by a teacher, so he grabs his gay classmate for a dance. The teacher is too afraid of being thought of as homophobic to make a scene kicking Scott out if he's there with a boy, so Scott gets to stay at the dance.


* ''ClassMenagerie'' had Mikey reminiscing about the time his high school put on a rendition of ''Film/{{Grease}}'' expy musical ''Slicked'', where he had gotten stuck playing the nerd character. One of the scenes shown is the setup for the prom, where the announcer feels the need to clarify that only male-female couples are allowed at the dance, with the main character mocking the nerd character with an "guess you're out of luck". That Mikey himself actually is secretly gay didnt help matters.

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* ''ClassMenagerie'' ''WebComic/ClassMenagerie'' had Mikey reminiscing about the time his high school put on a rendition of ''Film/{{Grease}}'' expy musical ''Slicked'', where he had gotten stuck playing the nerd character. One of the scenes shown is the setup for the prom, where the announcer feels the need to clarify that only male-female couples are allowed at the dance, with the main character mocking the nerd character with an "guess you're out of luck". That Mikey himself actually is secretly gay didnt help matters.


* ''ComicStrip/FunkyWinkerbean'' - A spring 2012 storyline featured a homosexual couple wanting to attend the prom together and purchasing tickets. Roberta Blackburn, a conservative activist from Westview, learns what is happening and stages a protest to force school officials to deny entry of the couple into the prom. When a counter-demonstration is planned, principal Nate Green defuses a potentially explosive showdown by announcing that the gay students will be allowed to attend and that discrimination and intolerance will not be allowed in his hallways as long as he is principal.

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* ''ComicStrip/FunkyWinkerbean'' - A spring 2012 storyline featured a homosexual same-sex couple wanting to attend the prom together and purchasing tickets. Roberta Blackburn, a conservative activist from Westview, learns what is happening and stages a protest to force school officials to deny entry of the couple into the prom. When a counter-demonstration is planned, principal Nate Green defuses a potentially explosive showdown by announcing that the gay students will be allowed to attend and that discrimination and intolerance will not be allowed in his hallways as long as he is principal.



* Averted in ''Fanfic/{{Promstuck}}'', where every pairing is either a homosexual couple, a boy-girl-boy or girl-boy-girl [[OneTrueThreesome threesome]], or [[TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers Dave and Terezi]].

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* Averted in ''Fanfic/{{Promstuck}}'', where every pairing is either a homosexual same-sex couple, a boy-girl-boy or girl-boy-girl [[OneTrueThreesome threesome]], or [[TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers Dave and Terezi]].




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* ''Prom Queen: The Mark Hall Story'' is a Canadian television film about Hall's successful legal fight to bring a same-sex date to his Catholic school prom.



* ''Reflections of a Rock Lobster: A Story About Growing Up Gay'' is a memoir by Aaron Fricke in part about his successful legal fight to take another boy to his prom.



* One particular infamous case was [[http://www.newnownext.com/lesbian-couple-banned-from-prom-told-maybe-theres-a-male-friend-who-can-take-you/04/2017/ when a school in Itawamba County, Mississippi]] barred two lesbian students in 2010 and even after the ACLU stepped in they STILL couldn't let it go so they set up a fake prom consisting of them and the special ed kids. Needless to say the school faced enormous backlash for being extremely cruel to both the couple and the special ed students and the girls pursued legal action.

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* One particular particularly infamous case was [[http://www.newnownext.com/lesbian-couple-banned-from-prom-told-maybe-theres-a-male-friend-who-can-take-you/04/2017/ when a school in Itawamba County, Mississippi]] barred two lesbian students in 2010 and even after the ACLU stepped in they STILL couldn't let it go so they set up a fake prom consisting of them and the special ed kids. Needless to say the school faced enormous backlash for being extremely cruel to both the couple and the special ed students and the girls pursued legal action.

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* ''Anime/DoubleDecker'' shows a variation in Max's backstory- she is unable to attend prom with her [[spoiler: transgender best friend]], notably while she is in a suit and her friend is in a dress. The discrimination that they faced goes on to fuel her own dislike of proms and similar gatherings.

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* ''Series/KyleXY'': When Lori Trager uncovers a policy against same-sex couples at the school dance she organizes a protest and an alternative dance.

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