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Constance McMillen Wins

GayRVA Staff | October 8, 2010

In July 2010, the American Civil Liberties Union won their case against the Itawamba County School District in Mississippi on behalf of 18-year-old Constance McMillen.

In March of 2010, McMillen challenged her high school’s rules banning prom dates of the same gender and the wearing of tuxedos by female students. The school reacted by canceling the scheduled prom but rescheduled a “sham prom” for McMillen and about 10 others, while the majority of the students partied 30 miles away at the real prom.

McMillen’s lawyers accepted a judgment of $35,000 plus attorney’s fees, which she expects to use toward college.

As part of the judgment, the school district was compelled to implement a non-discrimination policy including sexual orientation and gender identity, becoming the first district in Mississippi to do so.