Constance McMillen to Head Gay Pride Parade in New York
Constance McMillen Was Not Allowed to Attend Her Prom, But She Will Head the NYC Gay Pride Parade
Constance McMillen was not allowed to go to her prom in Mississippi because she wanted to bring her girlfriend and the school board said she was not allowed.
However, she can take some comfort in the face that she will be the grand marshal of the New York City pride parade on June 27. The New York City gay pride parade is one of the biggest in the country and Constance McMillen will be at the head of it all, representing equality for everyone in the parade.
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She was disappointed after she could not bring her girlfriend to her prom at Itawamba Agricultural High School in Fulton, Mississippi, and the American Civil Liberties Union sued the school on her behalf. The school had told her that she could go with a male student or go alone, those were her choices.
A federal judge ruled that the school had violated McMillen’s First Amendment rights.
She also recently received a $30,000 scholarship from Ellen DeGeneres after she said that she admired McMillen for standing up for who she was and for her rights.
All this will most likely be furthest from her mind on June 27 however, as the NYC gay pride parade makes it way down Fifth Avenue and through Greenwich Village.
Last year the grand marshals were Cleve Jones, Anne Kronenberg and Dustin Lance Black according to the New York Daily News.