Constance McMillen, an eighteen-year-old teen, is currently fighting a legal battle against her Jackson, Mississippi, school district … just to go to her prom. Her high school issued a list of rules for the event, specifying that dates must be of opposite sexes.
When McMillen notified the school that she planned to attend the prom with her girlfriend, the entire dance was canceled because, according to the school, ofl “distractions to the educational processcaused by recent events.” A gay couple at a prom would interrupt learning!
On Friday, McMillen was a guest on “The Ellen Degeneres Show,” saying, “I’m not going to go to a prom and pretend like I’m not gay. I just want to be myself and go to the prom that I was supposed to have since I’ve known what prom was.” The senior prom is a significant event in a teenager’s life.
Degeneres surprised McMillen, who has a 3.8 GPA, with a $30,000 scholarship check and internship opportunity in New York from Tonic.com.
“When I was your age I never would’ve had the strength to do what you’re doing,” Ellen said. “By being yourself and doing what’s right you’re going to make a lot of change, and that’s really important.”
Hooray, Constance! Hooray, Ellen! Liberty and justice for all.