The Associated Press is reporting that Constance McMillen, the Mississippi lesbian teen who has been run through the homophobic wringer known as “prom,” will get a second chance wear her tuxedo and dance the night away.
McMillen has been invited to attend an anniversary soiree held by the the National Center for Lesbian Rights in San Francisco on May 1. NCLR Executive Director Kate Kendell said the event is often referred to as the “lesbian prom.” The advocacy group is paying for McMillen’s travel.
McMillen sued her Mississippi school over a ban on same-sex prom dates. And, last week, she was tricked into attending a fake prom, while a private prom was held to replace one the Itawamba County school district canceled rather than let McMillen and her date attend. McMillen was among seven students who showed up. She says the rest of her schoolmates partied at another location.
This kid is bound to find a lot of welcoming and sympathetic souls at the NCLR gala. What better place to celebrate the actions of a young woman forced to become an activist at such a young age?