That a girl!
I love the$1 dollar part.
If that’s what it takes … fine. As if seeing two girls together at the prom will taint the other students and turn them gay or some such nonsense.
Good luck to her! Hope she wins and makes the school look stupid and spiteful and pathetic – because that’s what their decision is.
Interview with Constance McMillen on:
Did you expect any of this? The national attention?
“When it first started, I just wanted to take my girlfriend to prom, you know? I thought it might make the local news and maybe help future LGBT students at Itawamba because hopefully they wouldn’t have to put up with what I did. I sure didn’t expect any of this kind of attention.”
It seems remarkable—at least from outside—that you have the support of your family.
“If I didn’t have the support from my family that I have, my goodness, there’s no way, no way, I would be doing this. I’ve been out to them since eighth grade. And, you know, they don’t agree with it, but they’re going to love me regardless and they’re going to support me regardless. They’re not going to hate me or shun me. But personally they don’t believe in it.”
“Because they’re Christians. They think that being Christian means they can’t say it’s okay. My grandmother doesn’t believe in it, I know that, but she supports me anyway. I don’t know how my daddy feels about religion.”
Are you a Christian?
“Yes, I am.”
How do you feel about all the support you’ve received from around the world?
“Honestly it’s giving me an extra push. Anytime I feel like this is too hard, I think about the support I’m getting. And I’m just ecstatic that so many people would come together like this. I never dreamed there could be so much support out there for me. It’s just amazing. I’m so thankful.”
How is it being back in Fulton?
“The locals don’t like me, but I can’t help it. And things were really hostile in school last week after they cancelled prom. People were rude, and if people talked to me at all it was real short answers. There are a few people who are with me, my real friends, people who are intelligent enough to realize what’s really going on here. But the majority are not on my side.”
Are you nervous about classes resuming next week?
“No, I’m not. I don’t really care what people think. If it’s untrue, then I care. What I did, I would do it the same way all over again. Because I think it’s important. And I’m not worried. If they’re going to be like that, not talk to me, or ask me about it, if they’re just going to talk to me behind my back, I can’t be concerned with that.”
What is Teresa McNeece, the superintendent of Itawamba schools, like? Have you had any personal interactions with her? How does she treat you?
“I don’t have a personal problem with anyone in the administration personally. Ms. McNeece is nice to talk to, but she’s kind of uptight, very conservative. Which is crazy because she’s got a daughter who’s not much older than me. I would think she’d be used to things of this generation, things of my generation, the differences and the diversity. But I guess she’s not.”
And Itawamba Agricultural High School principal Trae Wiygul?
“He’s very uptight, and he’s very country, a conservative Christian. But Ms. McNeece and Mr. Wiygul have both treated me very respectfully when I’ve talked with them.”
I’ve encouraged my readers and listeners to get in touch with Ms. McNeece and Mr. Wiygul. Any advice for folks who are sitting down to write letters?
“If they’re going to write to them or the school board, they should please be respectful. No one hears if you’re screaming and mad and cussing and stuff. Tell them exactly how you feel, but in a respectful way. That’s what they need to hear—they need to hear how all sorts of Americans feel about what they’ve done.”
I think: Good luck CM… this had to be done; lots of respect for having the courage and determination to do it!
Hey, good for Constance. It can’t have been easy, all this pressure. At least it will have taught the school a lesson.
(PS: Constance is hot)
Why cancel the whole event?? Surely this ruins it not just for the lesbian student but for all the students due to attend.
tactics by the school: they won’t accommodate her, so rather than be forced to, they cancel the event so she gets the flac (as she is!) It’s also a way to ensure that no queer kids get uppity in the future.
The RCC did the same in Washington DC over spousal healthcare – cancelled it for everyone rather than allow the very few LGBT staff to ahve it.
I went to my senior prom in a tuxedo jacket, dress shorts and tennis shoes. My date wore a black dress and pumps and we looked fabulous together. The next Monday, my principal called my MOM! 20 years ago, it was awful, to be out and have to deal with the stupid people inthis world. Its sad that NOTHING has changed in 20 years! Good Luck and I’m glad your fighting for WHO YOU ARE!