With the ACLU’s help, Constance McMillen challenged her heteronormative, homophobic school officials and demanded her rights, but due to the administration’s failure to change their discriminatory same-sex policy, the prom was canceled altogether.
Though inadvertently getting the prom canceled in high school is like social suicide,
McMillen is definitely the last one laughing, because out comedienne Wanda Sykes chose her as
the presenter of the Stephen F. Kolzak award to honoree Sykes at the
GLAAD Media Awards in LA on April 17th. Take that, old-fashioned school
Sykes surprised the teenager via satellite on her Saturday
night talk show, after discussing the reactions of the student body and
her family’s unconditional support. As for the awards show, Sykes told
McMillen to "get her tux cleaned" — as long as it wasn’t an ugly powder
blue ruffly one — and bring her girlfriend, too.
It’s disheartening to see instance after instance of discrimination and
even violence against same-sex dates in schools across the country. As
if high school isn’t awkward enough with backne and head gear, throw
being a little queer teen into the mix and you’re toast. Luckily, out
celebrities in the media, like Sykes, help to draw national attention to
such injustices and assert their intolerance for homophobic
double-standards in our society.
Check out the video of Constance on The Wanda Sykes Show.