Constance McMillen becomes Glamour’s Woman of the Year

By Greg Hernandez Every time Constance McMillen gets some kind of honor, I feel so proud of this 18 year old who stood up for herself in her rural Mississippi town where the homophobic adults behaved even worse than the kids.

Constance wanted to take her girlfriend to her prom and rather than letting her do so, the school canceled the event then parents held a private event they did not invite her to.

There was a legal battle which Constance won (she awarded $116,000 in damages and legal fees) and, I hope, some of these “adults” have learned a few things.

Meanwhile Constance goes on with her life and has just been named one of the women of the year by Glamour magazine.

“I was raised to always be proud of who you are,” she tells the magazine.

Ted Olson, one of the lead attorneys in the federal suit against California’s Proposition 8, tells the magazine, “Constance stood up to foolishness and inequity and irrational unfairness, sending a signal that this battle should be fought on every front.”

Melissa Etheridge also weighs in on the teen: “She stood up and said, ‘This is who I am.’ When someone does that, it changes the world. It gives hope.”

Producers Neil Meron and Craig Zaden are currently working on a TV movie about McMillen’s ordeal.

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