Just when you thought Constance McMillen’s high school couldn’t get more awful, they go and up the ante. The lesbian teen’s rural Mississippi school district is denying in court that they sent her to a fake prom. This is, of course, after the district publicly canceled the original school-sponsored prom to keep her from wearing a tux and taking her girlfriend. Though, I guess their denial is only to be expected. What are they going to do, just admit that they’re terrible human beings?
According to the Associated Press, the Itawamba County School District refuted claims filed Friday in the U.S. District Court by the American Civil Liberties Union on Constance’s behalf. Back in early April, Constance and her girlfriend attended what they thought was the official parent-sponsored prom. The ACLU had sued the school district when the first prom was canceled, only to be assured that Constance was welcome to attend the alternate event. But when the couple arrived, only a handful of other students were there. Instead the rest of the student body was at another parent-sponsored event partying it up far away from the gay kids and — I’m paraphrasing here — their big gay cooties.
Constance with her ACLU attorney
The ACLU’s claim alleged that superintendent Teresa McNeece and attorney Michele Floyd went to a meeting with parents in March, where the ruse of separate proms was hatched. In court documents, the school district admit that McNeece and Floyd went to the meeting, but “deny that the parents decided instead to hold two proms, one for the plaintiff and one for her classmates.” They also admitted that some of the photo evidence the ACLU submitted was indeed of the other students partying it up at the separate prom, but that other photos were actually students at a function in Memphis, Tenn.
So, in a nutshell, they admit a fake prom happened, but don’t admit that they helped send her to it. Yeah, like I said, really awful.
In the meantime, Constance has transferred to another school 180 miles away in Jackson, the state’s capitol. She will graduate on June 2 and, hopefully, never have to deal with the small-minded, cruel and bigoted thinking that defined her high school years. Since her graduation is only about a week away, let me reassure her that the awesomely lesbian experience known as college awaits.
How awesomely lesbian is college? So awesome that even the L.U.G.s get a wistful look in their eyes when they think about their collegiate years. So, in that spirit, let’s count down the Top 5 awesome lesbian college moments from TV and film. For Constance.
5. Kristy Swanson and Jennifer Connelly in Higher Learning
See, now why didn’t my college have a major in kissing Jennifer Connelly?
4. Zoe Saldana and Mila Kunis in After Sex
God bless college “roommates.”
3. Jennifer Beals and Jessica Capshaw in The L Word
Look, I’m not saying you should sleep with your dean. But if your dean is as hot as Bette Porter, I am saying I would understand.
2. Pascale Bussières and Rachael Crawford in When Night is Falling.
If I was Petra, if need be, I would have run away from the circus to join Camille at her small Christian college.
1. Amber Benson and Alyson Hannigan in Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Sometimes college isn’t just awesome, it’s magic.