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Apr 5, 2010 KelsyG commented on So How Was Constance McMillen's Prom?.
I find it hard to believe that people are shocked. You can make a school system or parent group have an all inclusive prom apparently but there is absolutely no way to make the other kids show up. The minute the original prom was cancelled most of the kids had made up their minds. Constance had her prom but it was neither fun nor well attended. Then again, fun and the attendance of others was not what was promised.
Mar 20, 2010 KelsyG commented on Meanwhile in Mississippi.

I disagree. The notice stating that only heterosexual couples could attend came out after she felt the need to ask for permission. If she and her date had just showed up to the dance, they might have gone unnoticed as I am sure her classmates were already aware that she is a lesbian and would not have been surprised to she her hugged up with another girl. It is better to ask forgiveness than permission, even if the issue is one where permission should not be needed.
Mar 20, 2010 KelsyG commented on Meanwhile in Mississippi.
Why could Constance not just show up with her girlfriend? The problem was in the asking. If she felt she had a right to be there, all she had to do was wear her suit and bring her lady. Instead, she raised a fuss and now there is a prom to which she and anyone who has ever openly associated with are not invited. Of course her classmates are excluding her at this point. They probably could not care less what she and her girlfriend do on a daily basis. They became exclusionary when their prom got cancelled.
Mar 14, 2010 KelsyG commented on High School in Mississippi Cancels Prom to Prevent Lesbian Student from Bringing Female Date—and Potentially Incites Violence Against Lesbian Student.
I know that I will be in the minority on this but I do not feel sorry for Constance Miller. As far as I can tell, when you are talking about attending a school-sponsored event, the school and school district have a right to set the rules for attending such an event. When I went to my prom, my date and I had to sign a document which said, among other things, that we could be put out of the prom if the school chaperones present felt that our clothes, dancing, language or any other conduct was not appropriate for a school sponsored function. With this in mind, it seems to me that the school can therefore tell a female student that she cannot wear a suit to prom if they so choose. Do I believe this is a fair application of clothes not appropriate for a school function idea? No. However, it is still the right of the school to make that determination as far as I can tell. My school did not have regulations about whether a couple had to be heterosexual. Instead, they required that the tickets be distributed in pairs. I went with my boyfriend but I also had a large group of friends who went as a gang of sorts and only paired up to pick up their tickets. There were two lesbian couples at my prom but nothing was made of it because they were our classmates and we expected them to bring their girlfriends. One girl in each couple did show up in a suit but again, nothing was made of it. Those girls and their dates were acting like they did every other day at school. I only have to wonder why Constance Miller felt the need to ask for permission. If she wanted to go to prom, all she had to do was get fitted for her suit, get her lady and come to the dance. It is very likely that she and her girlfriend would have gotten into the dance and had a nice time. The worst that could have happened is that they may have been asked to leave before the end of the dance but at least they would have been able to go. Now with all this legal posturing, no one is having prom. As sad as it is, prom is a privilege not a right.
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