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Mississippi Safe Schools Coalition Working With Donors to Host Second Chance Prom for Constance, IAHS Students
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Mississippi Safe Schools Coalition Working With Donors to Host Second Chance Prom for Constance, IAHS Students

Jackson, MS - The Mississippi Safe Schools Coalition (MSSC) announced that it leading efforts to organize an inclusive and welcoming prom for all students at Itawamba Agricultural High School. The announcement comes in direct response to the IAHS announcement to cancel the school-sponsored prom on April 2, 2010.

Ashley Jackson, coordinator of the MS Safe Schools Coalition, said "We are excited to make our second annual Second Chance Prom one that stands in support of Constance and the students at IAHS to have an inclusive and welcoming prom. Unfortunately, stories like Constance's are common in Mississippi."

Constance McMillen, a senior at IAHS, and her attorneys at the American Civil Liberties Union challenged the school's ban on bringing a same-sex date to her prom. Since then, a national response has brought forth a generous number of donors offering to pay for an event that will include all students. Sponsors and location aren't being announced at this time, but the MSSC anticipates details being announced as soon as they have been confirmed.

Says McMillen, "I'm honored that so many people have been reaching out to support a prom for me, my fellow classmates, and all LGBT students and allies who want to celebrate at a prom that is inclusive and welcoming. I am an active member of the MSSC and I'm proud of them for helping coordinate these efforts."

Any donations to support Constance, the prom, or other efforts to ensure that LGBT youth are protected and treated with dignity can be directed to www.mssafeschools.org. The ACLU of MS is the fiscal agent of the MSSC.

The MSSC is a youth-led organization founded in 2008. The mission of MSSC is to ensure that all students have a safe learning environment by protecting students' constitutional rights, ending homophobia, transphobia, sexism, and all forms of discrimination, and fostering acceptance of students regardless of their actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity through public education and advocacy. MSSC is a coalition of individuals and organizations who believe that no student should ever feel too afraid to go to school.

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