Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Lesbian teen, Constance McMillen gets $35K settlement over canceled prom

"A teenage lesbian who sued her school district over its ban of same-sex prom dates has accepted an offer to settle the case. American Civil Liberties Union attorneys representing Constance McMillen filed notice Monday in U.S. District Court to accept a judgment offer from the Itawamba County School District to pay $35,000, plus attorney's fees. As part of the agreement, the school district also said it would follow a policy not to discriminate based on sexual orientation and gender identity in any educational or extracurricular activities. The ACLU said the case is precedent-setting because the district is the first in Mississippi to implement a policy banning discrimination and harassment on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity," reports Associated Press. "The ACLU said McMillen was harassed by students after the prom was canceled. McMillen and the ACLU also said there had been a scheme in which she was sent to a decoy privately sponsored prom while her classmates attended a dance at another location. Her case gained national attention and she was featured on television shows and served as a grand marshal for New York's Gay Pride Parade, among numerous other events in which she participated." READ MORE