Oh, Mississippi. Sigh. I grew up in the south -- I'm not bashing anybody. But come on. First we hear about recent Prom segregation, and now this? Constance McMillen, left, an 18-year-old senior at Itawamba County Agricultural High School in Fulton, Mississippi, wanted to go to the prom with her lesbian girlfriend, and she wanted to wear a tuxedo. She was told by her school district that she couldn't do those things, and the American Civil Liberties Union stepped in, saying there can be no policy banning same-sex prom dates -- it's a student rights violation. Her school decided to call off the senior prom rather than let the Constance and her girlfriend go.
We're proud of Constance though. She didn't want to go back to school after the Prom was canceled last week, but her dad told her she had to face everyone and show them that she still believes in herself and is not afraid of who she is.
"The fact that this will help people later on, that's what's helping me to go on," she told the Associated Press. And she's right. The small-mindedness will go away one day, and she'll have been a part of opening up this area to the reality that sometimes girls like girls and want to wear tuxedos. It's all good!