Feminism | Posted by Nellie B on 05/24/2010

Prom and Assimilation

As a senior in high school, I am less than ecstatic about senior year and its attendant rites.  That’s right: it’s prom time.

It’s a fortuitous year to be queer and prom-bound, as Constance McMillen has brought the issue to the forefront of America’s pop culturally-inclined social consciousness.  You may have heard this already: McMillen asked to take her girlfriend to prom.  School went nuts, canceled their prom, then sent Constance to a fake prom with other excluded kids while the rest of the class partied in secret.  The one-two punch of bigotry and cruelty sent buzz not just through the gay community but the media at large.  Impassioned Facebook groups such as “Let Constance Take Her Girlfriend to Prom!” sprouted up, along with offers of an alternate prom paid …

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Feminism, Pop-Culture | Posted by Julie Z on 04/7/2010

Constance McMillen: I’m Sorry People Where You Live Seriously Suck

As if things don’t suck enough for Constance McMillen in Itawamba County, where she was initially banned from her prom because she wanted to NOT have to hide the fact that she’s gay and bring her girlfriend as her date…they just got a little worse. In case you missed the first post about Constance McMillen, here’s her appearance on the Ellen DeGeneres show to catch you up:

So, when things were looking like they might turn around the fine people of Itawamba decided that that couldn’t possibly happen. Clearly, the outrage of such OFFENSIVENESS as a gay couple (21st century people…21st century) called for the parents to get involved and do something truly heinous.

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