After Constance McMillen was forbidden from attending her own high school prom because she was a lesbian — and after “adults” in the community sent her to a fake prom — the American Humanist Association and philanthropist Todd Stiefel stepped in to make a difference.
They donated money to give her (and her classmates) a Second Chance Prom.
Green Day pitched in money as well, and Lance Bass made a personal appearance.
That event took place over the weekend and Todd was nice enough to give me a report of how it went:
I got back yesterday from a great time in Tupelo, MS. Who knew, but fun lives in Tupelo!
My friend Robb and I went there as guests for the Second Chance Prom, a celebration of equality which was attended by a few hundred kids from all over Mississippi. This event was huge mostly due to the bravery of Constance McMillen after she was not allowed to bring her girlfriend as her date to prom. As you likely have heard, Constance stood up for what was right and was rewarded with her school district canceling the main prom and by her peers who threw a bogus prom for her while they went to the real private prom. The bigoted intolerance she was subjected to is completely inexcusable.
I was so thrilled to see a huge helping of justice served with the Second Chance Prom. Straight kids and LGBT kids were bused in from all over the state to attend the event. The gold sponsors for the event were Green Day and the American Humanist Association. Lance Bass attended, sponsored and spoke to the audience. The crowd got to rock with a great dance-rock concert by Hey Champ, who volunteered to play for free (check them out at heychamp.com — they are big supporters of the freethought and LGBT movements). Then, DJ ?uestlove came out and entranced the crowd. How many kids get that level of talent at their proms? The general consensus was that the Second Chance Prom was much cooler than any of our first proms.
Score one for the good guys/gals on this one. It was great to be able to participate in a happy ending for the school year for these kids. There is nothing quite like seeing kids being themselves, having fun and showing love and tolerance to one another.
I’m glad Constance was finally able to have a decent prom and I hope she had a great time there.
It’s really a wonderful, touching story about how the Humanist community and GLBT supporters came to the rescue. Especially when you consider how the conservative, religious community at her high school did everything in their power to make her last weeks of high school miserable.