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from http://content.usatoday.com/

Constance McMillen finally attended her senior prom Friday at a country club in Fulton, Miss. But the 18-year-old lesbian who has been in the news says she was duped into attending a “fake prom” while her classmates — with the help of parents — secretly partied elsewhere.

“They had two proms and I was only invited to one of them,” McMillen told The Advocate, a national gay-and-lesbian publication. “The one that I went to had seven people there, and everyone went to the other one I wasn’t invited to.”

Last month, the Itawamba County School District refused to allow McMillen to bring a female date to her high school prom and then canceled the event. She went to federal court, and ajudge ruled the district had violated her civil rights. But he did not order the district to hold the prom, because a parent-sponsored event was being scheduled away from the school. McMillen said organizers would not give her details, finally telling her to go to the country club Friday night.

Besides McMillen and her date, the other attendees included two students with learning difficulties.

“They had the time of their lives,” McMillen told The Advocate. “That’s the one good thing that come out of this, [these kids] didn’t have to worry about people making fun of them.”


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from http://news.yahoo.com

Constance McMillenJACKSON, Miss. – The prom’s still off at a Mississippi high school that canceled it instead of letting a lesbian student bring her girlfriend, but a federal judge ruled Tuesday that the district’s actions did violate the teen’s constitutional rights.

U.S. District Judge Glen H. Davidson refused the American Civil Liberties Union’s demand to force the Itawamba County school districtto put on the April 2 prom. However, he said canceling it did violate 18-year-old Constance McMillen’s rights and that he would hold a trial on the issue. (more…)

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Neal B covering the GLAAD Media Awards LIVE with Elisa S. & ArtofTalk.tv – Spread the Word!

Get Glaad! - GLAAD Media Awards 2010

Get Glaad! - GLAAD Media Awards 2010

Amazing ArtofTalk.tv has asked Elisa S. and I to cover  for the 21st Annual GLAAD Media Awards in  New York City on March 13, 2010! The GLAAD Media Awards recognize and honor media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and the issues that affect their lives.

WATCH THE FESTIVITIES UNFOLD LIVE HERE:

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Slated to appear at this year’s ceremonies are Joy Behar (recipient of the Excellence in Media Award), Sex and The City’s Cynthia Nixon, the cast of Broadway’s Hair,Sigourney Weaver and Jay Manuel (America’s Top Model) to name a few.

Well be doing video interviews and live tweeting the carpet (@artoftalk,#GlaadMediaAwards).  Let us know the questions you’d like us to ask your favorite celebs!

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