It became necessary to destroy the prom to save it

UPDATE: The ACLU has now filed the lawsuit in light of the cancellation. I guess we have another case where filling in the municipal swimming pool to keep blacks out of it didn’t work.



Constance McMillan wanted to take her date to her high school prom. Her school district not only told her “no”, they canceled the entire prom as a result.

Constance is gay.

The school district is in Itawamba County, Mississippi.

A perfect storm.

The school policy requires prom dates to be of the opposite sex. The ACLU had given the district until yesterday to change the policy or face a lawsuit. Rather than face the lawsuit or allow a lesbian (gasp!) within their midst, the school district took the head-up-the-ass attitude that it became necessary to destroy the prom to save it.

Said one district official:

“It is our hope that private citizens will organize an event for the juniors and seniors.”

You can also safely bet that is exactly what will happen. It will be by invitation only, and we all know which two students will not be invited. (This happened at my senior prom as well in 1973; the local country club had a private party, and “undesirables”–blacks, long-haired types like me, and “trash”–didn’t get invited.)

Drop the school superintendent a nicely-worded, concise email or letter, or give her a call, and let her know that doing this will not make the situation go away.

Teresa McNeece – superintendent
phone (662)862-2159 Ext. 14

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5 comments on “It became necessary to destroy the prom to save it

  1. calamityjill says:

    I’m glad people are reacting to this all over the country. *high five*

  2. Thanks.

    The story resonated with me, as I said in the post. I think it’s crappy, after all the harassment I’m sure that Ms. McMillan put up with in rural Mississippi, to have the blame for the cancellation fall entirely upon her shoulders, when it was actually the fault of the narrow-minded waterheads who made the decision.

  3. William says:

    All I can say to the school district…..FOR SHAME.
    How dare they treat this ONE girl like this. As Americans we should all be up in arms. And to the fine folks of that county, how can you put up with this? This is making you all look like a bunch of hillbillies. I’m quite sure that you are an educated group of people, and that you just don’t know how to react to this situation…..GET INVOLVED and stand up for this AMERICAN. The students should vote her and her friend King and Queen of the prom. That would get the attention of the school board and let them know that as students you will not tolerate that type of bigotry. Stand up as Americans and do the right thing.

  4. [...] I’ll be go to hell Constance McMillan just wanted to go to her senior prom with her date–who is female. And Constance wanted to wear a tux. (But you all know that story.) [...]

  5. [...] They flat fucking *lied* to her We all remember the Itawamba County prom saga with Constance McMillan. [...]

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