Lesbian Teen Says She Was Sent to a 'Fake Prom'
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"They had two proms and I was only invited to one of them," McMillen tells The Advocate. "The one that I went to had seven people there, and everyone went to the other one I wasn't invited to."
Instead of allowing 18-year-old McMillen to bring her girlfriend to the school prom, Mississippi's Itawamba County School District canceled the event. The American Civil Liberties Union then sued the school district on McMillen's behalf and sought a court order to force the school to reinstate the prom. A federal judge ruled that the school district violated McMillen's civil rights, but he did not force the school district to host the prom.
On April 2, while McMillen and her date went to an event at a country club in Fulton, Miss., she says her other classmates went to a separate, parent-organized event, The Advocate reports.
"It hurts my feelings," McMillen says.
The prom McMillen attended only attracted five other students, two of whom have learning difficulties.
"They had the time of their lives," McMillen says. "That's the one good thing that come out of this, (these kids) didn't have to worry about people making fun of them (at their prom)."
Related: Opinion: Lesbian Teens Have Every Right to Attend Prom, Opinion: Proms Should Not Include Dates
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.