Lance Sanderson says he was first told it was OK to bring another boy to the homecoming dance, then told it wasn't.
The event went off without incident despite some conservatives' dire predictions.
'I will certainly seize the opportunity' to take a stand for LGBT equality, says Mayor Michael Nutter, whose city hosts Pope Francis this weekend.
Margie Winters and her wife don't expect to talk to the pope, but they say their presence at the reception will have symbolic importance.
While Pope Francis hasn't always had affirming words for transgender people, this Spaniard says he received unequivocal acceptance.
The archdiocese calls on parents to promise they'll uphold church doctrine — a potential problem for LGBT Catholics and allies.
Through an aide, the pope offers support to a writer whose work was banned by the mayor of Venice, but warns against reading too much into it.