Two lesbians’ planned prom date leads to prom cancellation

March 13th, 2010 - 9:22 pm ICT by Pen Men At Work  

lesbian prom Mar 13 (Pen Men at Work): Constance McMillen didn’t suppose that her Mississippi school district would, in actuality, suspend her senior prom rather than permit her to put in an appearance 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 unenthusiastically revisited her campus to some unfriendly looks.The district publicized on Wednesday that it wouldn’t host the April 2 prom.

The pronouncement came after the American Civil Liberties Union insisted that the administrators alter a policy outlawing same-sex prom dates because it contravened students’ civil liberties. The ACLU stated that the district not permitting McMillen wear a tuxedo breached her right to freely express herself. The ACLU launched proceedings in the U.S. District Court in Oxford to compel the school district to support the prom and permit McMillen to carry whom she selects and be dressed in whatever she desires.

McMillen said she, by no means, thought that the district would reply the way it did. McMillen uttered that she didn’t desire to revert to Itawamba County Agricultural High School in Fulton the morning after the pronouncement but her father voiced to her that she must boldly meet her classmates, educators and school administrators. McMillen mentioned that her father stated to her that she needed to demonstrate to the detractors that she was still proud of who she and her sexual orientation were. A school board announcement decreed that it would not host the occasion in Fulton, by reason of the diversions to the didactic process caused by recent actions. But it failed to talk about McMillen or her girlfriend, who also is a student at the school.

Same-sex prom dates and cross-dressing are fresh matters for numerous high schools across the nation, explained Daryl Presgraves, a spokesperson for GLSEN: Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, a Washington-based promotion group.U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, a Democrat, has declared that a legislation he has set up in the Congress would defend students such as McMillen. Polis has expressed that the measure would make it unlawful to portray prejudice against homosexual and lesbian school students. He has stated that his bill is copied after similar laws in no less than 10 states.

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