It started as a simple request. Eighteen year-old Constance McMillen merely wanted to wear a tuxedo to her senior prom and bring her girlfriend as her date. The school refused and then “canceled” the prom rather than “give in” to ACLU demands to respect her Constitutional right to freedom of expression. Soon the world was shining a spotlight not only on the small town of Fulton but on all of Mississippi.
On July 20th the district was forced to adopt a non-discrimination policy and to pay $35,000 to McMillen to settle a discrimination lawsuit filed on her behalf. For Constance it was the end of a wrenching 5 month long battle for justice. For Mississippi it is a clear signal that change is coming when it comes to gay rights and visibility. And there are plenty of young and progressive people in the state willing to usher in that day faster than many who cling to another vision of Mississippi would like.
Through the eyes and actions of five primary characters MISSISSIPPI: THE STAND (Working Title), will examine the relatively new fight on the part of primarily young LGBT people and their progressive allies to bring gay civil rights and visibility out in the open and move beyond division.
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