Constance McMillen, Prom Bullying Become TV Movie

Sheri Reed
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Constance McMillen
Constance McMillen
The real-life story of Constance McMillen, the lesbian teen from Mississippi who made headlines when she fought her high school's ban on same-sex prom dates, will be coming to television on ABC Family.

Constance's story is an important one to tell and share, especially since our social environment is still unaccepting and unsupportive of gay teenagers. And especially because our society still breeds gay hatred and bullying, which led to a crisis-level of suicides by gay teens last month. And even more importantly, because here's a gay teen's story with a happy ending.

Everybody needs to be able watch a happy ending sometimes.

Constance never got her school to admit any wrongdoing -- even though they decided to cancel the prom rather than allow her to attend with her girlfriend and wear a tuxedo. She also never got to take her girlfriend to the prom. So where's the happy ending, you ask?

Well, Constance did bring national attention to the important issue of discrimination against gay teens. Plus, earlier this year, with the help of the ACLU, Constance sued her Mississippi school district, and, in July, Constance was awarded $35,000 in damages plus attorneys fees and the school promised to adopt a policy prohibiting discrimination. I'd say that's a pretty happy ending.

Constance has been heralded as a brave gay rights activist by many, and her story has surely made its mark in our long history toward civil rights.

According to Perez Hilton, the TV show about Constance and her experience at her high school is still in its early stages of development and will be written and directed by John Gray and produced by the openly gay Craig Zadan and Neil Meron who have produced several other socially conscious movies about gays.

Will you watch Constance's heroic story with your family?


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