Constance McMillen is an out lesbian high school senior living in Fulton, Mississippi. When the school heard that she wanted to bring her girlfriend to prom, their sensible and measured response was to cancel prom and encourage students to hold a private event (straight and closeted only). Constance’s presence, in a tuxedo, would be a “distraction”, according to the school administration.
Well, there’s a distraction at Itawamba Agricultural High School this year, but it’s not a girl in a tux. In the past week, Dan Savage has been all over this case, pushing 304,000 people to join a Facebook group supporting Constance and starting a letter-writing campaign to the school administrators. Now the ACLU has filed suit against the retrograde assholes running that school.
Savage caught up with Constance and it sounds like she’s doing OK:
It seems remarkable—at least from outside—that you have the support of your family.
If I didn’t have the support from my family that I have, my goodness, there’s no way, no way, I would be doing this. I’ve been out to them since eighth grade. And, you know, they don’t agree with it, but they’re going to love me regardless and they’re going to support me regardless. They’re not going to hate me or shun me. But personally they don’t believe in it.
Because they’re Christians. They think that being Christian means they can’t say it’s okay. My grandmother doesn’t believe in it, I know that, but she supports me anyway. I don’t know how my daddy feels about religion.
Are you a Christian?
Yes, I am.
You can read the whole interview, as well as learn the email addresses of the administrators responsible, here. This is a case where the ACLU is not only protecting rights, but probably saving lives, since we lose so many conflicted gay teens to suicide every year.