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Let Constance Go to the Prom!

Oh, come on: Let Constance go to the prom!

The Mississippi student who identifies as a lesbian appeared on Ellen this morning. The controversy over Constance McMillen’s request to attend prom with her girlfriend has expanded to lawsuits from the ACLU and misdirected anger from peers. Who gets to go to prom? What clothing is appropriate (a girl in a tux? a boy in a dress? God forbid)? Why does the wish of one girl, who wants to attend the dance with the person she loves, create such fear and revulsion in her community?

In her own words: “I’m not going to go to prom and pretend like I’m not gay.”

What’s most inspiring about the clip is not the $30,000 college scholarship for Constance, but the reaction of her father. Seated in the studio audience, he tells Ellen that if his daughter was unsafe at her high school he would hold them responsible. As he should.

I’m amazed at this young woman’s confidence and strength to act on her rights and beliefs. More than many of us did when we were her age.


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Ricco Villanueva Siasoco is a Manhattan-based writer and non-profit manager. More


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