Constance McMillen named one of Glamour's Women of the Year 2010

Constance McMillen, the plaintiff in our McMillen v. Itawamba County School District case, has been named one of Glamour s Women of the Year 2010. Naming her the "Accidental Activist," Glamour recognizes Constance's bravery in the face of her high school administration's prejudicial reasoning when they denied her request to attend her senior prom with her girlfriend, dressed in tuxedos as they had planned. Instead, Itawamba County Agricultural High School cancelled the prom altogether, causing hostility towards Constance and, as Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network spokesperson Daryl Presgraves stated, sending "a message that these students shouldn't be treated the same." As Glamour columnist Sarah Wildman describes, "McMillen confronted the injustice, and by doing so set an example for the world."

The ACLU congratulates Constance on this well-deserved award, and encourages your support of the Student Non-Discrimination Act (H.R. 4530/S. 3390), a bill that would outlaw discrimination in public schools based on a student's actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity. Please join with the ACLU to help pass SNDA to support of students across the country who face harassment and discrimination from their peers and their educators based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. No student should have to go through the kind of thing Constance had to endure at her school.

Melissa Etheridge, a 2005 Women of the Year recipient, said of Constance, "She stood up and said, 'This is who I am.' When someone does that, it changes the world. It gives hope." Stand up for SNDA so students like Constance will be protected with the law on their side won't have to become "accidental activists."

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Anonymous

go date a man like u supposed to u fag.

Maeve

Ooh, anonymous.. your ignorance is showing. How embarrassing for you.

Anonymous

Wow that guy is super intelligent.

Anonymous

Yo anonymous. Does your mom know you're on the internet unsupervised again? You know you're not supposed to do that.

Kateh

To the first poster of this article: you are the reason for the deterioration of human society.

Teri Dela Cruz

Yes you should be able to bring to the Prom whom ever you want.....Its your right...e-mail me if they have any questions teridelacruz@ymail.com

noH8ter

It's easy to see why Constance wins a Woman of the Year award while the anonymous commenter above is perceived to be an idiot.

George

Haha Has to be anonymous to say something stupid..

You go girl! do whatever makes you happy

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Ontario Canada

Robert Steindler

You Go girl, Speak for those who have no voice.

Anonymous

So proud of Constance!

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