Queer/Race

Let Constance Go to Prom!

Posted in Uncategorized by Lorena A. on March 24, 2010

In case anyone is interested, here’ s the link to join the ACLU’s fan page for Constance McMillen on Facebook. Show her your support =)

http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/pages/Let-Constance-Take-Her-Girlfriend-to-Prom/357686784817?ref=ts

In case you don’t know who Constance is, or her story, here’s the link to that:

http://www.aclu.org/lgbt-rights/fulton-ms-prom-discrimination

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  1. dvek said, on March 30, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    I remember this girl from the news. :B I hope she gets the ok to do this, and that the prom gets reinstated. I’m surprised this is even news since she goes to a PUBLIC school. I thought you could do w/e the frick you want in public school. I have this glorious idealized vision of co-ed public schools as places of freedom and crazy proms, but I guess it’s not true! How sad. 😦

    Funny fact: The year before MY high school prom, two girls went together as each other’s dates. They claimed it was just because they were friends, and I never got the full story from anyone, but the year of my prom it was explicitly made a rule that you HAD to have a date of the opposite gender or you couldn’t go to prom. No going alone, no bringing a “friend.” WEAK.

    All girls’ Catholic school, for the FAIL.

  2. graylielane said, on April 6, 2010 at 2:33 am

    As someone from a school where the idea of sexuality was never really an issue, I find this very intriguing. While we certainly weren’t blind to homosexuality and it existed, I don’t think any of the homosexual students were comfortable enough in themselves and their sexuality to come out in high school. Thus, I am very proud of this girl for knowing who she is and being so confident in that at a very young age. Her story will certainly inspire others who struggle with their sexuality and limit themselves by conforming to who society tells them they must be in order to be accepted.

    While I certainly do not agree with the school’s decision I must take into account the fact that most of these administrators probably come from areas where homosexuality was downplayed. During our parent’s generation being gay wasn’t talked about or mentioned. Thus, it must be hard for these older adults to understand a new time period in which people are open to be themselves. I remember my mother telling me that she didn’t even know what it meant to be gay until she was in college, it just wasn’t talked about. While I disbelievingly stared at her I tried to think back to when I was first introduced to the notion. I found myself unable to remember a time when I didn’t know what being gay was, a major sign of the times.

  3. iTerp said, on April 6, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    When I was younger, I went to an all girls Catholic school until 7th grade and then switched to a public school in high school. I have to say that I knew of a few gay students but I don’t recall them ever bringing their partners to the prom. I honestly don’t think that they would have been ridiculed by the vast majority of my senior class — we were surprisingly tolerant and not completely ass-backwards for such a small town. But then again, we also had a Vice-Principal that was jailed for soliciting sex from an undercover officer…so we might just have been desensitized by our fourth year.

    I’m really proud that there is such a strong fight for a girl like Constance, but I remember being disappointed, too, when I first read the story. Most of the comments I read talked about “giving Constance the right to….” x, y, z. If it really is a “right,” no one has the authority to give it or take it away. I’m sure this isn’t the first fight for something like this, and I’d be interested to see some statistics on other legal fights for similar cases. I’m wondering if Constance was seen as a rallying point because, hear me out here, she looks like a “regular” (and by regular I mean it in a derogatory sense of a lack of anything being regular or normal in the real world) heterosexual girl that merely wants to have her harmless partner accompany her. Constance is cute and she is very soft spoken, not aggressive, whatsoever in the news clips I’ve seen her in. I’m wondering if the ACLU rallied around her and her personality traits, and maybe even because she represents a disadvantaged Southern person (let’s remember slavery and the ACLU’s role then), because she is seen as a golden win case. Would the ACLU, or a courtroom in general, have a similar interest in a story like this if it was in California, or with some really “eccentric-looking” gay person…


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