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  By SHELIA BYRD, Associated Press Writer Shelia Byrd, Associated Press Writer   – 1 hr 19 mins ago

JACKSON, Miss. – Constance McMillen didn't believe her Mississippi school district would really call off her senior prom rather than allow her to show up with her girlfriend and wear a tuxedo. On Thursday, a day after the Itawamba County school board did just that, the 18-year-old lesbian high school senior reluctantly returned to campus to some unfriendly looks, she said.

"Somebody said, 'Thanks for ruining my senior year.'" McMillen said.

The district announced Wednesday it wouldn't host the April 2 prom. The decision came after the American Civil Liberties Union demanded that officials change a policy banning same-sex prom dates because it violated students' rights. And the ACLU said the district not letting McMillen wear a tuxedo violated her free expression rights.

The ACLU filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Oxford to force the school district to sponsor the prom and allow McMillen to bring whom she chooses and wear what she wants.

District officials didn't returned numerous calls left by The Associated Press seeking comment on Thursday.

McMillen said she never expected the district to respond the way it did.

"A lot of people said that was going to happen, but I said, they had already spent too much money on the prom" to cancel it, she said. "I'm just trying to get done what I originally wanted done. Now, we're having to fight just to have a prom."

McMillen said she didn't want to go back to Itawamba County Agricultural High School in Fulton the morning after the 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."

A school board statement said it wouldn't host the event in Fulton, "due to the distractions to the educational process caused by recent events" but never mentioned McMillen or her girlfriend, who also is a student at the school.

Same-sex prom dates and cross-dressing are new issues for many high schools around the country, said Daryl Presgraves, a spokesman for GLSEN: Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, a Washington-based advocacy group.

"A lot of schools actually react rather than do the research and find out what the rights of these students are," said Presgraves, who was preparing to facilitate a discussion about anti-gay bullying at a National Association of Secondary School Principals meeting.

U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., said a bill he's introduced in Congress would protect students such as McMillen. Polis said the measure would make it illegal to discriminate against gay and lesbian school students. He said his bill is modeled after similar laws in at least 10 states.

"This situation with the prom is a perfect example of why we need to protect students from discrimination. In this case it's a prom. It other cases, it's getting beaten up or killed," Polis said.

Polis said he was "dismayed" by the school board's action.

"They ruined the prom, not only for this young woman, but for all of the straight kids at the school," he said.

The school district had said it hoped a privately sponsored prom could be held. McMillen said if that happens, she's sure she'll be excluded.

"It's a small town in Mississippi, and it's run by an older generation with money. Most of them are more conservative and they don't agree with it," she said.

Fulton Mayor Paul Walker said he supports the school district's decision and knew of no private efforts to host the prom.

"I think the community as a whole is probably in support of the school district," Walker said of the town of about 4,000.

Southside Baptist Church Pastor Bobby Crenshaw said he's seen the South portrayed as "backwards" on Web sites discussing the issue, "but a lot more people here have biblically based values."

Itawamba County is a rural area of about 23,000 people in north Mississippi near the Alabama state line. It's near Pontotoc County, Miss., where more than a decade ago school officials were sued in federal court over their practice of student-led intercom prayer and Bible classes.

A couple of students had different reactions to the decision.

Anna Watson, a 17-year-old junior at the high school, was looking forward to the prom, especially since the town's only hotspot is the bowling alley, she said.

"I am a little bummed out about it. I guess it's a decision that had to be made. Either way someone was going to get disappointed — either Constance was or we were," Watson said. "I don't agree with homosexuality, but I can't change what another person thinks or does."

McKenzie Chaney, 16, said she wasn't planning to attend the prom, but "it's kind of ridiculous that they can't let her wear the tuxedo and it all be over with."

Presgraves said his organization hears about school districts that prohibit same-sex prom dates and gay-straight alliance clubs at schools. He said those kind of policies are detrimental to gay students.

"It sends a message that these students shouldn't be treated the same," Presgraves said.
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Re: Lesbian teen in prom flap sues, returns to school
« Reply #1 on: March 12, 2010, 05:49:35 PM »
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Re: Lesbian teen in prom flap sues, returns to school
« Reply #2 on: March 12, 2010, 08:16:15 PM »
I saw this on the news. She's just your average fat dyke.
 

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Re: Lesbian teen in prom flap sues, returns to school
« Reply #3 on: March 12, 2010, 08:23:12 PM »
haha but does she need to be discriminated against?



I saw this on the news. She's just your average fat dyke.
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Re: Lesbian teen in prom flap sues, returns to school
« Reply #4 on: March 12, 2010, 08:39:48 PM »
fuckin gays i hate them
 

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« Reply #5 on: March 13, 2010, 11:22:32 AM »
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Re: Lesbian teen in prom flap sues, returns to school
« Reply #6 on: March 13, 2010, 01:14:23 PM »
haha but does she need to be discriminated against?



I saw this on the news. She's just your average fat dyke.
Once again, who is she hurting bringing another chick with her? On top of that, the school canceled the entire prom, but they're still getting sued. Why not at least let the other students enjoy their prom (even if prom is bullshit anyways).

At my prom, you were allowed to bring whoever you wanted, male or female. Nobody gave a fuck.
 

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« Reply #7 on: March 13, 2010, 01:19:38 PM »
yeah this was pretty pathetic on part of the school...

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Re: Lesbian teen in prom flap sues, returns to school
« Reply #8 on: March 13, 2010, 02:39:23 PM »
haha but does she need to be discriminated against?



I saw this on the news. She's just your average fat dyke.
Once again, who is she hurting bringing another chick with her? On top of that, the school canceled the entire prom, but they're still getting sued. Why not at least let the other students enjoy their prom (even if prom is bullshit anyways).

At my prom, you were allowed to bring whoever you wanted, male or female. Nobody gave a fuck.
What I don't understand is why you have to "bring" anyone. They could of each gone alone and danced and whatever.
 

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Re: Lesbian teen in prom flap sues, returns to school
« Reply #9 on: March 13, 2010, 02:44:26 PM »
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Re: Lesbian teen in prom flap sues, returns to school
« Reply #10 on: March 13, 2010, 02:50:18 PM »
haha but does she need to be discriminated against?



I saw this on the news. She's just your average fat dyke.
Once again, who is she hurting bringing another chick with her? On top of that, the school canceled the entire prom, but they're still getting sued. Why not at least let the other students enjoy their prom (even if prom is bullshit anyways).

At my prom, you were allowed to bring whoever you wanted, male or female. Nobody gave a fuck.
What I don't understand is why you have to "bring" anyone. They could of each gone alone and danced and whatever.
Very true. Its obvious they were trying to make a statement. To be honest, this is probably exactly the reaction they wanted. The school should of just chilled and nobody would of known.
 

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Re: Lesbian teen in prom flap sues, returns to school
« Reply #11 on: March 13, 2010, 03:40:38 PM »
Good call.
 

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Re: Lesbian teen in prom flap sues, returns to school
« Reply #12 on: March 13, 2010, 06:06:09 PM »
school tryna say bein gay is bad and goin against it....cuz then someone at the prom might be hurt or affended of a female with another female...and snitch....lol
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« Reply #13 on: March 15, 2010, 02:12:00 AM »
 

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Re: Lesbian teen in prom flap sues, returns to school
« Reply #14 on: March 15, 2010, 04:09:03 PM »
^ Like Mel Gibson tellin' Tim Hardaway what a bad call is. :-X























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Re: Lesbian teen in prom flap sues, returns to school
« Reply #15 on: March 16, 2010, 01:05:13 AM »
school tryna say bein gay is bad and goin against it....cuz then someone at the prom might be hurt or affended of a female with another female...and snitch....lol
Well, nobody is ognna have prom now just because a few tightwads are gonna get emotional over something the bitch was gonna do anyways.
 

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Re: Lesbian teen in prom flap sues, returns to school
« Reply #16 on: March 16, 2010, 10:28:37 AM »
yeah that aint right




school tryna say bein gay is bad and goin against it....cuz then someone at the prom might be hurt or affended of a female with another female...and snitch....lol
Well, nobody is ognna have prom now just because a few tightwads are gonna get emotional over something the bitch was gonna do anyways.
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Re: Lesbian teen in prom flap sues, returns to school
« Reply #17 on: March 19, 2010, 08:20:49 PM »
Ellen, Web site give gay teen $30,000 in prom flap


LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres and an inspirational Web site on Friday gave $30,000 toward the college education of a teenage lesbian whose high school prom was canceled when she asked to attend with a girl.

Constance McMillen, 18, of Itawamba County, Mississippi, appeared on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" to talk about her experience and at the end of the segment DeGeneres, who is a lesbian, presented her with the check from the Web site, Tonic. (http://www.tonic.com)

McMillen's story made headlines earlier this month when the Itawamba County school board canceled the high school dance that for many students is a high point of their year.

Back in December, McMillen had asked school officials if she could attend with her girlfriend, and at first they said "no." Later, they changed their position and said the two could go, but not together, nor could they dance or hold hands.

"We could go, but not like as a date," McMillen told DeGeneres. "I was like, I'm not going to go to prom and pretend like I'm not gay, so there's no point in me going."

The prom remains canceled, and the American Civil Liberties Union has sued the school on McMillen's behalf.

McMillen told DeGeneres other kids from her school are angry and blame her for the canceled dance. DeGeneres countered that she thought the 18-year-old was "brave" for speaking out.

"It's always easy to be quiet, especially when you know somebody might tell you 'no' or it's going to cause a scene," said DeGeneres, who is also a judge on "American Idol."

Tonic describes itself on its Web site as being "dedicated to promoting the good that happens each day around the world."
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Re: Lesbian teen in prom flap sues, returns to school...update...lol
« Reply #18 on: March 19, 2010, 11:33:48 PM »
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« Reply #20 on: March 20, 2010, 01:02:38 PM »
What this bitch needs is a good hate crime.The students should rally and murder this lesbian,of course the males should rape her before the murder and yell things like THIS IS THE WAY GOD WANTS IT YOU FUCKING DYKE,GOD HATES HOMOS LIKE YOU NOW TAKE THIS DICK.That would be a lot more fun then the actual prom.Years later theyd thank her for this.
 

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« Reply #21 on: March 20, 2010, 09:27:39 PM »
but jay muffuccaz run for help....ellen who is les right now anway and she gives her 30,000 for all the pain she went thru.....they canceled the prom cuz of this....lol
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Tue, Mar 16, 2010 at 8:15 AM By: Ice Cube
Me and Mack 10 together again? I never say never, but he has the kiss the ring first.
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gbee:@ Petey: you sound like a broken record, time to grow up.