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Miss. lesbian teen gets second chance at soiree

By SHELIA BYRD, Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. -- A lesbian high school student is getting a second chance to don a tuxedo and dance after she sued her Mississippi school over a ban on same-sex prom dates.

Constance McMillen plans to attend an anniversary soiree held by the the National Center for Lesbian Rights in San Francisco on May 1. NCLR Executive Director Kate Kendell said the event is often referred to as the "lesbian prom." The advocacy group is paying for McMillen's travel.

Last week, a private prom was held to replace one the Itawamba County school district canceled rather than let McMillen wear a tuxedo and bring her girlfriend. McMillen was among seven students who showed up. She says the rest of her schoolmates partied at another location and she was disappointed.

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