Greg In Hollywood Interview: Georgia teen Derrick Martin talks on taking boyfriend to prom, getting kicked out of house
Derrick Martin got me thinking about my prom way back in the 80s. I asked the cutest girl I knew to go with me and she said “yes.” She wore a sexy red dress and I had a white tuxedo with little red details on the ruffles of the shirt (yes, ruffles!).
She was my girlfriend for awhile then after the prom, she broke up with me. I was pissed but deep down, I didn’t care. I was gay! But there was no way I could’ve taken who I really wanted to take without causing a riot.
Wouldn’t have even considered it.
Today, most kids still don’t – especially kids who live in states like Georgia. But Derrick Martin wanted to take his boyfriend, Richard Goodman, to his prom last month and did so despite a wave of controversy. His determination and the surrounding publicity got him kicked out of his house by his parents.
When I spoke with Derrick on Saturday at the Life Out Loud event in Hollywood where he was honored for his courage, I found him to be so humble and decent and mature far beyond his years.
Here is our interview:
Q. How was was the prom?
A. “It was a lot of fun.”
Q. And was it worth it all?
Q. People have come to feel protective of you and we want to know where you are living?
A. “Right now, I’m in between places. I’m half living with [boyfriend Richard Goodman] and half living with a really, really close friend of mine. I’m just playing it by ear. I haven’t spoken to my parents in awhile.”
Q. What are your plans now?
A. “In the fall I’ll be going to Georgia Southern University to study pre-law under a full scholarship so that kind of saved me. It includes one year of housing.”
Q. What is the status of the relationship with your parents?
A. “I think the best thing is time. Give them time to repair themselves and think about who they are and what’s going on in their lives. Just to overcome any obstacles that they’ve had because of all this media. Then once it all calms down maybe we’ll have a chance to sit down. It was mainly the media [attention] that really upset them.”
Q. Will he continue with your LGBT advocacy?
A. “Definitely. I’ll march on any street in any town, whatever I have to do.”
Q. How do you feel about all the attention you’ve been getting?
A. “I just think the LGBT community is such a great family. Everyone just looks out for everybody. People I don’t even know are asking, ‘Are you okay? Do you need anything? Do you need a house? Do you need money?”
Q. Will you and Richard still be able to see each other?
A.Yes, he’s going to the same college (laughs).