Skip to comments.Lesbian teen back at Miss. school after prom flap
Posted on 03/11/2010 11:46:20 AM PST by Responsibility2nd
JACKSON, Miss. An 18-year-old Mississippi lesbian student whose school district canceled her senior prom rather than allow her to escort her girlfriend and wear a tuxedo said she got some unfriendly looks from classmates when she reluctantly returned to campus Thursday.
Constance McMillen said she didn't want to go back the day after the Itawamba County school board's decision, but her father told her she needed to face her classmates, teachers and school officials.
"My daddy told me that I needed to show them that I'm still proud of who I am," McMillen told The Associated Press in a telephone interview. "The fact that this will help people later on, that's what's helping me to go on."
The district announced Wednesday it wouldn't host the April 2 prom. The decision came after the American Civil Liberties Union told officials a policy banning same-sex prom dates violated students' rights. The ACLU said the district not letting McMillen wear a tuxedo violated her free expression rights.
McMillen said she felt some hostility toward her on the Itawamba County Agricultural High School campus.
"Somebody said, 'Thanks for ruining my senior year.'" McMillen said.
The school board issued a statement announcing it wouldn't host the event in Fulton, "due to the distractions to the educational process caused by recent events."
The statement didn't mention McMillen or the ACLU. When asked by the AP if McMillen's demand led to the cancellation, school board attorney Michele Floyd said she could only reference the statement.
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|Miss. school prom off after lesbian's date request
Yahoo News ^ | 3/11/2010 | Shelia Byrd
JACKSON, Miss. A northern Mississippi school district will not be hosting a high school prom this spring after a lesbian student sought to attend with her girlfriend and wear a tuxedo.
|Miss. school prom off after lesbian's date request
AP via Yahoo ^ | Mar 10, 2010 | SHELIA BYRD
JACKSON, Miss. A northern Mississippi school district decided Wednesday not to host a high school prom after a lesbian student demanded she be able to attend with her girlfriend and wear a tuxedo. The Itawamba County school district's policy requires that senior prom dates be of the opposite sex. The American Civil Liberties Union of Mississippi had given the district until Wednesday to change that policy and allow 18-year-old Constance McMillen to escort her girlfriend, who is also a student, to the dance on April 2. Instead, the school board met and issued a statement announcing it wouldn't host...
|ACLU demands female student be allowed to take girlfriend, wear tuxedo to prom
examiner.com ^ | March 5, 2010 | Matt Kailey
The American Civil Liberties Union and the Mississippi Safe Schools Coalition have sent a letter demanding that Itawamba County School District officials reverse their decision to forbid a lesbian student from attending prom with her girlfriend and from wearing a tuxedo to the prom. Constance McMillen, a student at Itawamba Agricultural High School, said that school officials told her that she could not arrive at the prom with her girlfriend, also a student at IAHS, and that they might be thrown out if any other students complained about their presence. In addition, she was told that she would not be...
I doubt that she has heard the last of this.
I hope the parents got together and organized a private, invitation-only event for their kids at an off-campus venue. A private party is a private party, and there is no need to “consult” the ACLU on whom to invite. One little perv ruined it for them all.
If same sex marriage can’t even pass in California and Oregon, then we the people will not allow this sort of thing in high school. I side with the school district.
So much for interracial prom dating being a hot button issue in Ole Miss...
Yuo might be right..Here in CA my nieces who are 15 and 17 say it is the cool thing to be gay or bi and that everyone does it...
It might be just a phase but it is f**king up a lot of kids lives..
“My daddy told me that I needed to show them that I’m still proud of who I am,”
Your daddy missed the mark on this advice. I would never tell my child that they need to show they are proud of being a perverse individual. That’s just wrong.
People who need to be “proud of who I am” probably have a 100% correlation with “people who are a raging pain,” don’t you think?
Back in 1985 a lesbian from my school was able to bring her girlfriend to our prom.
She even got to wear a tux.
So the little gurl wanted to take a crap in the punchbowl and got upset when no one wanted to take a drink.
That’s quite the shame.
Maybe shi and hir gurlfriend should thought their cunning stunt all the way through before hand.
Maybe the “daddy” is a female. ;0)
Yes with MTV and 24 hour streaming porn it seems gay/les is becoming the cool thing to do.
That’s too bad.
I believe that that is what they refer to as a "fat girl angle shot".
Schools shouldn’t have proms anyway.
Sodom & Gomorrah! We know how that turned out!
All the taboos are being destroyed, intentionally. I am thoroughly disgusted with the so called “decent” Americans who have let it happen.
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