Eighteen-year-old Fulton, Mississippi High School student Constance McMillen made national headlines when the Itawamba County School District refused to allow her to bring her girlfriend to prom and wear a tuxedo. In fact, the school went so far as to cancel the whole dance over the controversy. The American Civil Liberties Union is now asking a federal court to rule that the school violated McMillen's First Amendment rights.
McMillen may not get a chance to experience her high school prom, but she'll be more than welcome to bring her girlfriend to the Memphis Gay & Lesbian Community Center's (MGLCC) "Prom for All" event on June 5th. McMillen will serve as the guest of honor at this formal dance intended for adults of any sexual orientation.
Guests must be at least 18 years of age. The prom will be held at the Doubletree Hotel downtown in the Grand Ballroom. Cost is $50 per person or $80 per couple. Tickets go on sale April 27th and may be purchased at the MGLCC (892 S. Cooper).
"We are very excited that Constance has agreed to join us," said Will Batts, executive director of the MGLCC. "Prom should be a time for joy, hope, friendship, and fun ... we want to make sure all people in the Memphis area are allowed to enjoy this important milestone in their lives without the fear of violence, isolation, or intimidation that Constance suffered. She is truly an inspiration."