Mississippi Safe Schools Coalition Announces Details of Second Chance Prom

Jackson, MS April 20, 2010 — The Mississippi Safe Schools Coalition (MSSC) announced more details today about the second annual Second Chance Prom that will take place May 8 in Tupelo, MS. The evening will include dinner, a formal program, music and dancing. Celebrity appearances and support are expected.

The purpose of the Second Chance Prom is to create a safe space for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students and allies to have a safe and fun night where everyone feels comfortable being themselves. The event is primarily for students of Mississippi who are ages 15-23. This event aims to include all students regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity, race, gender, or disability status.

In light of the events surrounding Constance McMillen at Itawamba Agricultural High School, the MSSC is also extending a special invitation to the students at that school to join in at the prom. “It was important to us that the students at IAHS receive an invitation to our prom. All students are welcomed,” says Matthew Sheffield, Communications Director of the MSSC.
This event is made possible through the generous support of funders, both in and out of Mississippi. These sponsors include MS native Lance Bass, who is both a vocal supporter of Constance and a sponsor of the event. Other major sponsors include Green Day, the American Humanist Association, and Cat Cora. With A-list celebrity event planner Michael Russo of Roses-n-Lollipops at the helm, the prom will be open to Mississippi students ages 15-23, and is sure to be an unforgettable evening for all those in attendance.

The Second Chance Prom is just one of the ways the Mississippi Safe Schools Coalition and students from all over the state are ensuring that diversity has its place among southern values. More information about the MSSC can be found at our website, http://www.mssafeschools.org.

Any requests for further information regarding media, donations, and/or celebrity attendance should be directed to Michael Russo at mrusso@rosesnlollipops.com

To donate, individuals can do so online through our fiscal agent, the ACLU of MS https://co.clickandpledge.com/sp/d1/default.aspx?wid=26771

Please Note: Make sure to put “MSSC” in the “Why are you donating today” field. This ensures that your donations are directed to the MSSC.

Individuals can also donate via check to or P.O. Box:
MS Safe Schools Coalition
P.O. Box 3442
Jackson, MS 39207
Please make checks payable to our fiscal agent, ACLU of MS. In memo note, please put MSSC.

Michael Russo
Event Planner

Matthew Sheffield
Communications Director, MSSC


1 Comment on “Mississippi Safe Schools Coalition Announces Details of Second Chance Prom

  1. Ordinarily, we send messages about fundraising to our listserv (which reaches folks in 46 states plus Washington, DC and Puerto Rico and 10 other countries) on behalf of only member organizations. And we’d love for MSSC to join, but, regardless, I am sending a message out today to the listserv encouraging people to donate to your prom. I’m suggesting that they say, in the “Why you are donating today?” field “MSSC, Prom … SSC sent me.” Let us know if it gets you any donations. And thank you for the work you do. We are international in reach, but we’re headquartered in relatively-gay-friendly Seattle and my hat is off to you who work in the less-friendly parts of the country and the world.

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