Teen Fights To Bring Her Girlfriend To Prom: School District Cancels Prom!

Via Rachel Znerold
on Mar 15, 2010
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ConstanceFor many of America’s youth, Prom is one of the biggest nights of their young life…dressing elegantly, riding in limos, and dancing closely with your sweetheart. So why is one high school in Mississippi forbidding a student to attend her prom and take part in her teenage history?

Simply because she wanted to wear a tuxedo and bring her girlfriend as her date, Constance McMillan was told she wasn’t welcome at The Itawamba Agricultural High School Prom, and that if they tried to attend separately and slow-dance, they would be promptly kicked out.

Now if that’s not discrimination, I don’t know what is. Luckily, Constance is a strong, empowered young woman and knew her rights. She wouldn’t take no for an answer. Instead, she went straight to the ACLU, who submitted a letter to the school district on her behalf, urging them to allow Constance to attend. Rather than coming to their senses, however, the school district reacted by canceling the prom altogether, therefore bringing an avalanche of hostility upon poor Constance. So now the ACLU is taking the fight to court, where they are suing the school district in hopes to reinstate the prom for all students, and allow Constance her right to attend, as her true self, with her girlfriend by her side.

Thanks to the powers of social media (“Let Constance Take Her Girlfriend To Prom” has over 250,000 fans on Facebok) and several high-profile media interviews, Constance has been able to bring her message of equality to the national stage. After watching interviews with this well-balanced, well-spoken young lady, I am impressed with her self-assurance and the fact that she knew she could go to an organization like the ACLU for help. “That’s how I was raised,” Constance shared on her CBS News Interview, “To always be yourself and to be proud of who you are.” Amen. You go, girl.

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Rachel Znerold is an artist and independent fashion designer living the good life in San Francisco, CA. www.rachelzart.com


About Rachel Znerold

Growing up in the Colorado countryside, Rachel Znerold knew early on that she was different…she saw dazzling beauty in decomposing logs and expressed her individuality with wild drawings on her sneakers. Now, as a prolific painter, eco-fashion designer, performance artist and writer, Rachel makes a life out of making art. With a degree in Fine Art and Advertising from The University of Colorado in Boulder, Rachel began to pursue her art career full time. Aiming to share her awe of the world and the art of the everyday, she has taught painting, fashion design, and performance at a variety of schools, museums, and non-profits. Rachel has been commissioned to paint murals in Colorado, New Zealand and Mexico, and eventually landed in San Francisco, becoming a part of the Mission District’s vibrant art scene. Rachel believes art is instrumental in building strong community and a culture of social activism. www.rachelzart.com


4 Responses to “Teen Fights To Bring Her Girlfriend To Prom: School District Cancels Prom!”

  1. jim tolstrup says:

    I hope that there are a lot more smart self-assured activists like Constance out there. Surely the thought that is enough to strike terror in the hearts of small-minded conservatives everywhere.

  2. Farnoosh says:

    What does it have to be an Activist vs a Conservative? Are all "Activists" the greatest minds and all "Conservatives" small-minded? Why can it just not be she standing up against a stupid idea and doing the right thing?
    Labeling people is not exactly the way to bring compassion to humanity!

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