A handful of students at a Connecticut high school reportedly walked out of a school play after witnessing a man-on-man kiss.
During the “Zanna Don’t” musical at Hartford Public High, a group of students walked out after the homosexual act, in what school officials referred to as “kind of a symbolic thing,” according to CBS Connecticut.
Reportedly, many students expressed a desire to skip the show beforehand because of the subject matter of the musical, which depicts life at a fictitious high school, where students with academically charged interests sit atop the popularity echelon while football players are the outcasts and heterosexuals must conceal their sexual preference to avoid public scrutiny.
School officials said they were given the opportunity to have the male kissing scene removed from the play, but opted not to because of “the importance of accepting homosexual intimacy as society accepts heterosexual intimacy.”
“Our specific task force voted for this project because we believe in it, especially in light of national and local stories about LGBTQ [lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer] issues and bullying,” said Louise Provenzano, who worked with the leadership group that brought the production to the school. “It’s not a comfortable topic for many folks… but our group is very passionate about bringing the message of inclusiveness and… compassion to the community.”
Despite outrage among some students and parents, the school will host two more productions of the musical.