Monday, April 5, 2010

Fake Prom for the Lesbian...and everybody's ok with this?

Constance McMillen's prom drama seems to be never-ending. Earlier today it was reported by several blogs as probable gossip, but the Huffington Post and the Advocate magazine have since confirmed this disgusting event as true.

Constance was the girl who stood up for her right to bring her girlfriend to her high school prom and was rewarded by having the entire Itawamba High School prom cancelled - you know, rather than deal with the situation.

After a national outcry asking for the prom to be reinstated, it looked like parents would be organizing a prom for the students after all. Sadly, it seems that while a pseudo-official prom was held at a local country club - complete with faculty chaperones - parents wanted to ostracize Constance and her girlfriend even more by holding a secret prom. 7 people, including Constance and her girlfriend, showed up for the fake prom that seemed to be more for show than anything else.

"They had two proms and I was only invited to one of them," McMillen says. "The one that I went to had seven people there, and everyone went to the other one I wasn’t invited to."


In March, after the Itawamba County School District refused to allow McMillen to bring a female date to the prom, the district canceled the event altogether. McMillen and her lawyers from the American Civil Liberties Union challenged that decision in court, and a judge ruled the district could not bar McMillen and her date.


The judge declined to force the school district to hold the prom because a parent-sponsored, private prom was being organized — and the understanding was that McMillen and her date were invited to that event. But Hampton says McMillen was never invited and organizers made it very difficult for her to find information on the time and location. That prom was later mysteriously canceled, with the Friday night event at the country club officially replacing it.

This reminds me of the time in 5th grade when parents of the cool kids - a set of twin - came in to class with balloons and cupcakes and gave everybody in the class an invitation to their birthday party...everybody except me. My mother was in class that day. A lot of mothers were. (I don't remember why.) My mother watched me not get an invitation to this stupid party. That happened a lot as a kid.

Constance is a brave girl. She is standing up for what's right, and her silly, disgusting, redneck piece of shit excuse for a town isn't doing her any favors. I cannot fathom how a school district would put up with this. But, then again, I grew up in a similar redneck kind of town that would have done something similar.

What do you think about what happened to Constance? What would you have done? Has something similar happened to you? Let me know: IncitingARiotPodcast@gmail.com

Love and Lyte,

Fire Lyte

4 comments:

  1. That is some Grade A bullshit. Not only am I disgusted with the school, the town and the parents who thought this was OK... but her classmates. At the age they're at, one would assume at least one of the kids who was invited to the 'prom' would have said something to her about it.

    Sure, there were kids who weren't cool when I was in high school (that invitation story you shared? I know how that was. Valentine's day always sucked too) but no matter how unpopular someone at my school may have been, people would have said something if this sort of fuckery was going down.

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  2. And now the entire student body has been educated with the idea that such bigotry and hatefulness is perfectly acceptable.

    This town is a vile place, where decent human beings have every right to fear setting foot in.

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  3. Does this town live in the dark ages?

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