Demand ALL Proms Are Fair: Support the Student Non-Discrimination Act
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Demand ALL Proms Are Fair: Support the Student Non-Discrimination Act

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      National Stonewall Democrats

By now many have heard about the drama surrounding Prom at the Itawamba Agricultural High School in Mississippi. After a lesbian student named Constance McMillen was told she wouldn't be able to bring her girlfriend as her date to Prom, the ACLU intervened on her behalf and the school eventually cancelled the Prom altogether. School officials are currently encouraging a private prom be organized that can continue to deny Constance and her girlfriend entrance.

What's happening in Mississippi unfortunately happens all too often around the country, and not just during Prom season. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students -- and those students who are perceived to be LGBT or who associate with LGBT students -- are subjected to discrimination, including harassment, bullying, violence; and are deprived of equal access to educational opportunities.

Congressman Jared Polis took a stand earlier this year to fight for LGBT students when he introduced the Student Non-Discrimination Act. "Like Title VI for minorities in the 60s and Title IX for women in the 70s," Congressman Polis said at the time of the bill's introduction, "my legislation puts LGBT students on an equal footing with their peers, so they can attend school and get a quality education, free from fear.”

Tell your Representative in Congress to co-sponsor the Student Non-Discrimination Act (H.R. 4530), so Constance McMillen -- and every student -- can have equal access to public education.

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    Reasons for signing

    • Bronte B PORTLAND, OR
      • over 3 years ago

      This makes me so sad. I hope this passes, because no one deserves to be discriminated against. You go, Constance! This straight girl supports you!

    • Lynzy Kunz JOSHUA TREE, CA
      • over 3 years ago

      that sucks i'm sorry constance you paid jus like all the rest of the students thats stupid i'm going to prom with my gf this year and were dealing with the issue of having couple pictures and not just "friend" pictures i believe we deserve to have the same experience that heterosexuals get

    • Alex P SCRANTON, PA
      • over 3 years ago

      If Karen and Jane or Adam and Steve want to go to prom together, who is it harming? Absolutely nobody. Schools need to step up and ban discrimination rules, and let proms and other events be fair and equal. Incidents like this just scream homophobia, especially coming from a school with the school board agreed with the bigoted students and parents about dropping the prom.

      What are these people honestly afraid of?

    • Tamyra Clark KANSAS CITY, KS
      • over 3 years ago

      Cancelling the Prom was probably a catalist to even bigger Anti-Gay agendas at this school! Constance is probably hated even more due to the fact that the Prom was cancelled. It is more than likely a city of hate crimes waiting to happen!

    • geneva boyd MASON, OH
      • over 3 years ago

      im having the same problem in my school too


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