Green Day Hope To 'Force Change' By Sponsoring Prom For Gay Teen
Lance Bass will also pitch in after a Mississippi high school barred Constance McMillen from her prom.
Constance McMillen, a student at Itawamba Agricultural High School in Fulton, Mississippi, made headlines earlier this year when she was barred from attending senior prom with her longtime girlfriend. When McMillen persisted, the school board announced it was canceling prom entirely.
McMillen — assisted by the American Civil Liberties Union — sued the school district. In a preliminary ruling, a federal court found that the Itawamba County District had violated her First Amendment right to freedom of expression, though the judge stopped short of ordering the school to reinstate the prom.
And while the case is still pending, McMillen has found herself some rather unlikely allies, including Green Day, who, along with stars like Lance Bass and "Iron Chef" star Cat Cora, have agreed to sponsor (with the American Humanist Association) a "second-chance" prom, to be held May 8 in Tupelo, Mississippi.