Constance McMillen Hub




New Lance Bass Documentary Film Explores What It’s Like Growing Up Gay In Mississippi: VIDEO

Screen Shot 2014-06-07 at 6.20.51 PM

Native Mississippian Lance Bass has released a new documentary film exploring the battle on the part of primarily young LGBT people to bring gay civil rights and visibility to the Magnolia State – one of the two states statistician Nate Silver predicts will be the last to embrace LGBT equality.

WREG reports:

Constance McMillenThe idea for Bass’s new documentary, “Mississippi I Am,” was born when he became frustrated with the image Mississippi was getting as being anti-gay after Constance McMillen [pictured] wasn’t allowed to take her girlfriend to prom in 2010 in Itawamba County.

“The stories kept coming out in my home state and I was like, I need to figure out what to do about this. So I sent cameras down to see what the temperature really was,” said Bass.

Four years later, the short film is done and was released Tuesday on iTunes.

“Through this documentary, you see what it’s like to be a gay kid raised in Mississippi, and yes there are a lot of struggles, but in the end what’s great is the hope and the change that you’re seeing in the state,” said Bass.

Check out a trailer for the film, AFTER THE JUMP

Continue reading "New Lance Bass Documentary Film Explores What It’s Like Growing Up Gay In Mississippi: VIDEO" »


Constance McMillen On Teen Suicide And Bullying; Is Voted One Of Glamour Magazine's 'Women Of The Year'

Constance McMillen speaks to the AP about teen suicide and also reveals that she was never a victim of bullying until after she fought her school district's decision to prohibit her form bringing her girlfriend to the prom.

Cm McMillen, 18, said she became emotional after reading about the suicides of 13-year-old Seth Walsh, of California, who hanged himself outside his home after enduring taunts from classmates, and of Tyler Clementi, an 18-year-old Rutgers University freshman who killed himself after his sexual encounter was secretly streamed online.

"I read it on Facebook. I was so upset about this that I could not sleep," McMillen said. "I knew it had to be terrible for them to choose death as a way to escape what they were living in."

McMillen said she has had her own suicidal thoughts. "But I never really considered it to the point where I almost did it," she said. "Everybody thinks about it when times get hard."

Growing up in the small town of Fulton, Miss., McMillen said she wasn't bullied until school officials canceled the prom rather than allow McMillen and her girlfriend to attend as a couple. "I went through a lot of harassment and bullying after the lawsuit, and I realized how bad it felt being in that position," she said.

McMillen has also been named one of Glamour magazine's "Women of the Year" for 2010. In that article, Melissa Etheridge expressed her own pride for McMillen: “She stood up and said, ‘This is who I am.’ When someone does that, it changes the world. It gives hope.”


Towleroad Guide to the Tube #768

EQUAL LOVE: Activist Peter Tatchell launches campaign for marriage equality in the UK. 

MESSAGE TO OBAMA: Constance McMillen, Ceara Sturgis, Will Phillips, and Robin McGehee record a message for the President.

SCOTT SPARK: His new video for "Fail Like You Mean It".

BEAR CITY: Erin Brown walks the red carpet at the premiere of the new film.

For recent Guides to the Tube, click HERE.


Mississippi School That Denied Lesbian Constance McMillen Her Prom Will Change Discrimination Policy, Pay Damages

Big news from Mississippi concerning one of the biggest LGBT stories of the year.

The Itawamba School District, which denied lesbian student Constance McMillen the right to attend prom with her girlfriend, has agreed to update its anti-discrimination policy to include sexual orientation and gender identity, and will pay McMillen $35,000 in damages.

Constance Via press release from the ACLU:

Itawamba County School District officials agreed to have a judgment entered against them in the case of a recent high school graduate who sued her school for canceling the prom rather than let her attend with her girlfriend. The agreement ends a precedent-setting lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of 18-year-old Constance McMillen, who suffered humiliation and harassment after parents, students and school officials executed a cruel plan to put on a “decoy” prom for her while the rest of her classmates were at a private prom 30 miles away.

“I’m so glad this is all over. I won’t ever get my prom back, but it’s worth it if it changes things at my school,” said McMillen, who was harassed so badly by students blaming her for the prom cancellation that she had to transfer to another high school to finish her senior year. “I hope this means that in the future students at my school will be treated fairly. I know there are students and teachers who want to start a gay-straight alliance club, and they should be able to do that without being treated like I was by the school.”

As set forth in documents filed in court today, school officials agreed to implement a policy banning discrimination or harassment on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, the first policy to do so at a public school in the state of Mississippi. The school also agreed to pay McMillen $35,000 in damages and pay for McMillen’s attorneys’ fees.

“Constance went through a great deal of harassment and humiliation simply for standing up for her rights, and she should be proud of what she has accomplished,” said Christine P. Sun, senior counsel with the ACLU Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Project. “Thanks to her bravery, we now not only have a federal court precedent that can be used to protect the rights of students all over the country to bring the date they want to their proms, but we also have the first school anti-discrimination policy of its kind in Mississippi.”

In addition to today’s legal judgment against the school, an earlier ruling in the case set an important precedent that will help prevent other students from suffering the kind of discrimination McMillen experienced. In March, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi issued a ruling in McMillen’s case that school officials violated McMillen’s First Amendment rights when it canceled the high school prom rather than let McMillen attend with her girlfriend and wear a tuxedo.

Said Kristy L. Bennett, co-counsel on McMillen’s case: "We’re pleased that the school district agreed to be held liable for violating Constance’s rights. Now Constance can move on with her life and Itawamba school officials can show the world that they have learned a lesson about equal treatment for all students. This has been about much more than just the prom all along – it’s about all of our young people deserving to be treated fairly by the schools we trust to take care of them."

Congratulations to Constance, and thank you for your courage!


News: Gavin Henson, Softball, Caravaggio, Tories, Jersey Shore

Road James Franco to teach "very special class" at Yale.

Henson RoadMore grimy Gavin Henson.

RoadTAB: The mother of Cristiano Ronaldo's son is a broke American waitress he paid off to the tune of $15 million.

RoadDitched Tory election ads depicted people "coming out" as conservatives: "One of the suppressed films that have now emerged shows naked men grappling in a shower, while another depicts a teenager being caught reading what at first appears to be a top shelf magazine. The third unshown ad makes light of teenage sex, portraying a girl confessing to her parents: 'I am three months Conservative.'"

RoadThese photos are for those of you who can't get enough of Jon Hamm in formalwear.

RoadNetwork executive's advice on Bristol Palin - Levi Johnston reality show: "Don't think we should do it. Neither of them have personalities."

RoadConstance McMillen leads San Diego's Pride parade.

Road18-year-old pop stars are now getting Botox. Claim: it was medical...

RoadThe resurrected A&F Quarterly contains more male nudity than female nudity: the rundown.

Straight  RoadA straight softball player talks about life on a gay team.

RoadGay porn actor Jason Andrews and lingerie shop owner bludgeoned tattoo artist to death with sledgehammer in Florida: "'I'm so glad you're really committed to this take. Keep eyes for a knife, etc for me!' Andrews typed on his BlackBerry hours before the slaying, according to a transcript of the messages included in court records. Logue replied in a nearly incomprehensible text that she was excited - and she wanted to have sex after they killed him."

RoadJersey Shore cast on strike, demanding more money.

RoadIn General James T. Conway's Onion-infused dreams: "Our men need to know they can count on each other in battle, and we can't have them getting distracted by illicit romantic dalliances. Especially if one's a little blond Adonis farm boy and his buddy's a real tough street kid straight out of Brooklyn. I mean, think about it: What if they lock eyes and abandon their post to start ripping each other's fatigues off, revealing twin sets of glistening washboard abs and at last fulfilling their hidden passions?"

RoadHundreds flock to The Netherlands for "Pink Monday".

Caravaggio RoadNew Caravaggio discovered?

RoadGay Menudo member Angelo Garcia: Ricky Martin taught me to swim.

RoadGay Games Cleveland management in turmoil.

RoadThe Daily Beast examines the scene from The Kids Are All Right where the lesbians get off on gay porn: "A few lesbians I spoke to suggested that the members of the tribe who watch gay porn are in fact getting off on a fantasy, in which the man is subjugated and used in the way women frequently are. As Jen, another gay porn-loving lesbian, put it: 'It’s a surrendering of male privilege. It throws a monkey wrench into the idea that women are receptacles.' Clinton put it even more bluntly. 'It’s about power dynamics,' she said. 'We’re so used to watching men in our lives wield power. Gay porn is an opportunity to watch them get f-----.'"


News: Arizona, Hollister, Constance, Vermont, Lourdes, Pope

Road Phoenix-based gay business group urges national LGBT groups to drop Arizona boycott.

Brady RoadTom Brady looking dreamy at son's christening.

RoadWho knew Jon Secada was a Chippendale's dancer?

RoadPortland police to re-open investigation into massage therapist's allegations that Al Gore groped her: "Consistent with our policy regarding open investigations, the Police Bureau will not be commenting on any additional specifics regarding this case at this time."

RoadKris Allen is "upset" that people saw him shirtless.

RoadFirst iPhone 4 class action suit filed against Apple and AT&T.

RoadFoursquare privacy hole leaks more than a million check-ins.

RoadVermont looks back at civil unions, 10 years later: "When Lois Farnham and Holly Puterbaugh were joined in civil union 10 years ago Thursday, some of their friends didn't come for fear they'd lose their jobs, and the church asked that plainclothes police officers attend the ceremony in case there was trouble. A decade later, Vermont and four other states - Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire and Iowa, as well as the District of Columbia - have instituted full marriage for same-sex couples, and the Burlington couple say many people view their relationship as 'ho-hum.'"

RoadChace Crawford appears in court for pot arrest.

ConstanceRoadConstance McMillen to keep making life better for others: "I know I will continue to be an activist because through all of this, I have met a lot of people. I have heard a lot of horror stories so it's really made me realize how important it is to be an activist. Because, you hear some of these stories and you are like, 'how can you not be an activist?' You know, because some of them are really heartbreaking."

RoadFight Back NY wants to know who you want "sent packin'" from the legislature.

RoadUganda's "kill the gays" bill still pending.

RoadFirst look photos: Cher and Christina Aguilera in Burlesque.

HollisterRoadBedbug infestation shuts down Hollister store in Soho.

RoadAT-AT-a-boy.

RoadPope protesters to march in London Pride this weekend.

RoadAmerican Lung Association: gays smoke more. "The study indicates the LGBT population smokes at a higher rate than the general public. Data show that gay, bisexual and transgender men are up to 2.5 times more likely to smoke than heterosexual men. Lesbian, bisexual and transgender women are up to twice as likely to smoke as straight women."

RoadTwilight: The 8-bit videogame.

RoadBritish soap Hollyoaks to feature teen trans man.

RoadDid Chris Brown use eyedrops to create the tears he shed at Michael Jackson tribute?

Lola RoadLourdes welcomes you to her blog: "Helluuur thurrrr, I’m Lola and this is my first blog entry so it’s kind of like ummmm…."

RoadChinese gay man sues Beijing Red Cross over ban on blood donation: "The man, an editor identified by his pen name Wang Zizheng, said he was gay in a health questionnaire filled out when he went to donate blood in early June, and was then told he could not be a donor, the China Daily said."

RoadThe Good Man Projects goes man-to-man with James Franco.

RoadTennessee court sides with lesbian mother: "Tennessee's Court of Appeals has struck down a judge's ruling in a child custody agreement that prevents a woman who now lives in Black Mountain from having her female partner spend the night while her children are in the home. The restriction was not requested by the ex-husband and came despite an evaluation finding no harm to the children."


Trending



Towleroad - Blogged