Here's the email that I sent to firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Dear Superintendent McNeece and Principal Wiygul,I would encourage Bluestocking readers to write to the school on similar lines. You can get more information from the ACLU's letter on Constance's behalf (PDF).
I am writing to point out that lesbian and gay students have a right to bring a same-sex date to the prom and wear clothing congruent with their gender identity under the First Amendment, and the US Supreme Court has ruled that a policy or public entity that is based on discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people violates the Fourteenth Amendment.
Simply cancelling the prom seems like a disproportionate response to a simple request to bring a same-sex partner. Please reinstate the prom and allow Constance McMillen to bring her partner as her date, and wear a tuxedo if she wishes.
I am deeply dismayed by your discriminatory practice, and feel that it should be a matter of regret to you that your school is now infamous around the world for this bigoted, disproportionate and unjust response to a lesbian student and her partner.
- ACLU: Mississippi High School Insists on "Straights-Only" Prom
- Facebook group in support of Constance McMillen
- Photos of lesbian couples at proms (Autostraddle)
- Pink News: US School cancels prom over lesbian student's date
The ACLU has produced an online resource for LGBT students who want to take their partners to the Prom.