A couple stories from the LGBT world.
Constance McMillen, the girl whose school canceled prom rather than allow her to attend with her girlfriend, will appear at the White House today to celebrate LGBT Pride Month.
I hadn’t heard this part of her story before, but it looks like Itawamba County Area High School had a special present for her during graduation:
McMillen will attend a White House reception Tuesday for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender citizens from around the nation in recognition of gay pride month.
The White House confirmed Friday that Obama will host the event and is expected to deliver brief remarks.
After the prom controversy, McMillen said, she faced a hostile environment from her peers and transferred out of her northeast Mississippi school district to a school 200 miles away in Jackson.
She said she broke down in tears at the graduation ceremony.
“I didn’t really want to walk, but I did it for my parents,” she said. “My name wasn’t on the program.”
I’m glad Constance is out of that school. Good riddance to shitty administrators.
Via the ACLU, she is supporting the Student Non-Discrimination Act and asks for your support, too:
You can support it by going here.
Meanwhile, guess who will be the Grand Marshal of the Northwest Arkansas Pride Parade?
It’s my hero, Will Phillips! Will is the 10-year-old boy who refused to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance because he “really [didn’t] feel that there’s currently liberty and justice for all.”
“It’s wrong for anyone to be treated differently just because of the way they are born,” said Phillips, who declares himself as an ambassador for equal rights.
He will be the parade’s youngest grand marshal ever, but he said age shouldn’t make a difference. “Because I’m a person, I may be 10, but I’m a person,” said Will.
The parade is put on by NMA Pride. They said they are aware Will’s age could be an issue, but he’s no ordinary 10-year-old.
“He’s literally the last half of the year been all over the country and spoken to thousands of people,” said Jay Phillips, Will’s father.
So what were you doing at the age of 10?
(via Joe. My. God.)