January 06, 2011 Articles

Constance McMillen: Extending the Rights of LGBT Students

By Alysson Mills

By now, few people haven't heard of Constance McMillen. But this time last year, she was a stranger to fame. A senior at Itawamba Agricultural High School in Fulton, Mississippi, Constance wasn't so different from her classmates. Her distinguishing trait was that she is gay. But when her school told her that she could not take her girlfriend to the senior prom, nor wear a tuxedo to it, she had the good sense to take a stand. Unfortunately for all involved, her school also took a stand—by canceling the prom altogether.

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