Skip to comments.Disappointment as US high school students snub 'lesbian-friendly prom'
Posted on 04/07/2010 7:56:09 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
Disappointment as US high school students snub 'lesbian-friendly prom'
Senior prom fell far short of the rite of passage Constance McMillen was hoping for when she began a legal battle to challenge a ban on same-sex dates.
Published: 7:00AM BST 07 Apr 2010
Constance McMillen Photo: AP
The 18-year-old lesbian student said that she was one of only seven students to show up at a private party chaperoned by school officials. She said the rest of her peers went to another private event where she wasn't invited.
"It was not the prom I imagined," she said. "It really hurts my feelings. These are still people who I've gone through school with, even teachers who loved me before this all started. I've never been a bad student and I don't feel like I deserve to be put through this."
Her case drew a national spotlight after she and the American Civil Liberties Union challenged an Itawamba County School District rule that banned same-sex prom dates and a requirement that only male students wear tuxedos. Proms are parties held for students, generally in their senior year in high school.
The ACLU sent a demand letter to Superintendent Teresa McNeece in February, saying the rules against same-sex prom dates and girls wearing tuxedos violated Miss McMillen's constitutional rights. The district responded by withdrawing its sponsorship and cancelling the April 2 event.
In an apparent compromise, school district officials said parents would organise a private event with school chaperones that Miss McMillen could attend.
(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...
BARF ALERT DUDE!
Good for the kids who stayed away.
I wonder if the girls basketball coach attended as a chaperone.
Glad to see some of the youth haven’t been completely brainwashed yet.
7 showed up? hmmm... what - one kid was dating himself? Well, suppose we shouldn’t go there...
A face only a mother would love.......
1) guess you should have stayed away from the ACLU.
they trashed your life.
2) no doubt the other kids are destined for re-education.
Actually, this is also a good life lesson for liberals; low attendance is what happens when you don’t FORCE people to attend an alternative life-style program. I’m sure she will apply this lesson to later situations in life where she feels compelled to celebrate her diverse life-style in everybody else’s face.
Let’s see, you go to court to force your will on your classmates, and then get all hurt when they throw their own private party and don’t invite you?
That drama queen needs to get over herself.
We have yet tgo see a photo of her partner. Why?? I’m betting this started out as a “clever idea” by two crazy broads.
With all due respects, get over it. Life if tough. It’s tougher on liberals who don’t really have the mental facilities to cope with it.
If a conservative doesn’t like guns, he doesn’t buy one. If a liberal doesn’t like guns, he wants all guns outlawed.
If a conservative is a vegetarian, he doesn`t eat meat. If a liberal is a vegetarian, he wants all meat products banned for everyone.
If a conservative is homosexual, he quietly leads his life. If a liberal is homosexual, he demands legislated respect.
If a conservative is down-and-out, he thinks about how to better his situation. A liberal wonders who is going to take care of him.
If a conservative doesn’t like a talk show host, he switches channels. Liberals demand that those they don’t like be shut down.
If a conservative is a non-believer, he doesn’t go to church. A liberal non-believer wants any mention of God and religion silenced.(Unless it’s a foreign religion, of course!)
If a conservative decides he needs health care, he goes about shopping for it, or may choose a job that provides it. A liberal demands that the rest of us pay for his.
“It really hurts my feelings.”
You're the one who started it, so you only have yourself to blame. Stop whining and put your big boy pants on.
I am a senior at IAHS, and Ive known Constance for the last 6 years. Please hear our side of the story before you decide on our fate.
The party we had in Evergreen (the county neighborhood I live in) is 30 mins away from the school. we rented out the community center, hired vendors, decorated, and our parents ran the security/chaperone staff- but it wasnt prom. Prom was at the country club where constance and 7 other students were. The reason the senior class boycotted the actual prom was not because we hate gays. We wanted a drama-free gathering to celebrate 3 great years and 1 lousy one together, and we wanted to lay low. We also wanted to do it without the main cause of the lousy. What people are failing to realize is that much of the fault of this whole stink lies with Constance, not her mistreatment by the school district, but her crazy-reckless need for attention. It sounds mean and horrible and like we planned it all specifically to embarrass Constance, but we didnt. We let her have her prom with her girlfriend and her tuxedo and we went to party it up in the boondocks not because we wanted her rights violated, but so we could salvage what has turned into a total fiasco. As a whole we didnt support her decision to throw the district under the bus, or her insinuations that were all just a bunch a hicks driving around in beater pick up trucks spitting tobacco and burning crosses. IAHS is one of the top schools in the state and Im proud of that, and Im proud that we took a stand and just said you know what? forget it, we have just as much right as you do to have a party for ourselves. So we did, and now were getting flack because poor Connies ego got a bit of bruising. Shes playing the lesbian card to prove she ALWAYS gets what she wants. This time, we didnt just let her.
Take it as you will, because Im sure it sounds like we faked her out, but understand this- the decision NOT to attend prom had nothing to do with the school or with Constances sexual preferences; it had everything to do with proving we werent going to let her and the ACLU steamroll us into doing what Constance wanted. We flexed the muscle of the majority and well suffer the consequences.
Actually, despite my belief that homosexuality is always a sin ... I think this is absolutely terrible. I would have my kids’ heads for treating ANYONE that way. Hate the sin, not the sinner; let he without sin cast the first stone — all of those often misused, universally misunderstood cliches actually apply here.
She put herself through this.
She has no one to blamed but herself.
Just my opinion.
It appears this event took place in the US. Why doesn’t the media even mention it?
On another thread, someone said her original “date” was not allowed to attend because her parents objected.
My understanding is that some of the remaining seven were “special needs” kids ... not homosexuals.
Wow. Smart kid.
"Everyone HATES me, what's wrong with all of THEM!" is the attitude that I'm getting, here. Along with the fact that this girls 15 minutes of fame are up, and she's trying to squeeze a little more out of it.
If Constance McMillen is an 18-yesr-old lesbian, was she indoctrinated into lesbianism by a lesbian pedophile last year, or in previous years when she was even younger?
WHY CAN'T WE PROTECT THE CHILDREN FROM THE PEDOPHILES???
“an alternative life-style program.”
You mean “a PERVERTED life-style program.”
Thanks....I’m gonna guess that the “date” was a lot younger.
LOL!!! Or maybe the singleton was transgendered and spent half the night in a tux and half in a gown.
Looks like the ACLU cannot order kids who to party with, can they?
I hope she’s happy that she destroyed an otherwise pleasant, once-in-a-lifetime event (prom) by being not only perverted but selfish. She’s a lowlife . . . somebody they’ll never forget.
"I'm a media whore who wants to publicly flaunt my perceived sexuality and no one will associate with me!"
LOL! Call an waaambulance, girly.
You did it to yourself.
You made your choice, they made theirs. Grow up and live with it.
I don't hang with prostitutes, or pimps or drug pushers or alcoholics or wife beaters etc either...You're just another category of "deviant" life styles.
Constance (It’s All About Me) McMillen
someone needs to inform Connie she has no constitutional right to be LIKED and that no one is constitutionally required to want to spend time with her.
Great find! Thanks!
“My understanding is that some of the remaining seven were special needs kids ... not homosexuals.”
“Special needs” embraces a wide range of learning or physical challenges which can also include ED (emotionally disturbed) and or behavior unit students. I doubt that this high school only has 7 special needs children.
The letter from a student in a previous comment stated they wanted drama free. Behaviour Unit students are far from drama free.
LOL - never heard that saying but I like it.
Ms Attention Hog got lawyers and ruined the school event for everyone else, and you're blaming everyone else? Remind me not to let my kids associate with your kids. One of them might break something in my home and sue me for having it in their presence.
I wouldn’t want to drink from the same punch bowl.
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