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posted Friday, April 9, 2010 - Volume 38 Issue 15

Constance McMillen in Mississippi sent to fake prom
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

Constance McMillen, the Mississippi teen who made news recently for standing up to a high school administration that decided to cancel the prom rather than allow her to wear a tux and invite her girlfriend, alleges that she was sent to a 'fake prom.'

'They had two proms, and I was only invited to one of them,' McMillen said. 'The one that I went to had seven people there, and everyone went to the other one I wasn't invited to.'

Allegedly, McMillen had asked one of the students organizing the prom for details about the event, and was deliberately directed to the country club where the fake prom was held. "It hurts my feelings," she said.

Itawamba, Mississippi is batting zero, folks - and the ugliness of the story doesn't end there. In a particularly repugnant move of bigotry and ignorance, McMillen says that while their peers were at the "real" prom, two of the other kids that were duped into going to the "fake prom" with her were students with learning disabilities. The school's decision to cast off the Lesbian troublemaker is one thing, but the decision by some of the Itawamba parents to treat handicapped children as pawns in their game of bigotry shows the depths to which these people will stoop to prove a point that, quite frankly, has most of the country disgusted.

McMillen told The Advocate that the parents organized the "real" prom behind her back. She and her date were sent to a Friday-night event at a country club in Fulton, Mississippi. Upon arrival, McMillen says there were only five other students in attendance - it was clear that something was afoot. According to McMillen, her high school principal and some teachers served as chaperones even though there was, clearly, no one to keep and eye on.

McMillen, who has won praise from LGBT advocacy organizations and the likes of Ellen DeGeneres for her bravery, says that the two students with learning difficulties "had the time of their lives."

"That's the one good thing that came out of this," she told The Advocate. "These kids didn't have to worry about people making fun of them at their prom."

In March, after the Itawamba County School District refused to allow McMillen to attend the prom and then cancelled the event altogether, the teen and her lawyers from the American Civil Liberties Union challenged that decision in court, where a judge ruled the district could not bar McMillen and her date. However, the judge declined to force the school district to hold the prom because a parent-sponsored, private prom was being organized - and the understanding was that McMillen and her date were invited.



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