Judge Won’t Force Mississippi District to Hold Prom

March 23, 2010

by Shelia Byrd | Associated Press

A Mississippi school district violated a lesbian student’s rights by banning her from bringing her girlfriend to the prom, a federal judge ruled Tuesday, but he stopped short of forcing the district to hold the event.

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Mississippi Prom Fight Now in Judge’s Hands

March 23, 2010

by Chris Joyner | The Clarion Ledger

Itawamba County school officials and a lesbian student who challenged their policy against same-sex dates at the high school prom made their cases today in federal court.

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Prom Offers Flood in for Mississippi Students

March 15, 2010

by Matthew Sharpe | USA Today

An advocacy group for gay students in Mississippi said it has been fielding dozens of offers from around the nation to hold a prom for students of Itawamba Agricultural High School in Fulton, Miss.

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Mississippi Prom Canceled After Lesbian’s Date Request

March 11, 2010

by Chris Joyner | USA Today

A Mississippi county school board announced Wednesday it would cancel its upcoming prom after a gay student petitioned to bring a same-sex date to the event.

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Lesbian Student in Mississippi Fights for Tuxedo Photo

October 16, 2009

by Shelia Byrd | Associated Press

Everyone at Wesson Attendance Center knows 17-year-old Ceara Sturgis is gay because she’s never tried to hide it.

But when Sturgis — an honor student, trumpet player and goalie on the school’s soccer team — wanted her senior photograph in a tuxedo used in the 2009-10 yearbook, school officials balked. Traditionally, female students dress in drapes and males wear tuxedos.

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