Monday, June 28, 2010

Who is this brave young woman?


Meet Constance McMillen, an 18 year old from Fulton, Mississippi who has made headlines all over the country because she fought back. After she announced that she wanted to attend her high school prom with her girlfriend--and wear a tux to boot--the school cancelled the prom. The ACLU got involved and Constance pretty much became a pariah in her small town.

But she is a heroine to a wider world which includes Mayor Bloomberg who marched with her in the Gay Pride Parade in New York City this weekend and Ellen Degeneres who awarded her a $30,000 scholarship for college and to President Obama who hosted her at the White House.

To listen to her during interviews is to marvel at her poise and her grace. Her message is simple; it is wrong to discriminate in this way.

For great photos of the riotous, uproarious and joyous Gay Pride Parade in New York City click here. Constance's presence at this annual tradition just goes to show that the struggle is not over for many.

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