Mississippi Safe Schools Coalition, Celebrities to Host Second Chance Prom in Tupelo, MS this Saturday

May 6, 2010

Matthew Sheffield, Communications Director, MSSC, 601-460-0506, matthew@mssafeschools.org
Jamie Carter, Secretary, MSSC, 601-506-9765, jamie@mssafeschools.org

Tupelo, MS– On Saturday, May 8, 2010 the Mississippi Safe Schools Coalition (MSSC) will host Second Chance Prom in Tupelo, MS at the Bancorp South Arena. The evening will include dinner, a formal program (including awards for outstanding youth), music and dancing. ?uestLove (from The Roots) will DJ, Hey Champ will play and Lance Bass has confirmed that he will appear. A-list event planner Michael Russo, of Roses n Lollipops, has organized the event.

“I am more than thrilled that prom day is finally here,” says Audri Ingram, age 15, Advisory Board Member of the MSSC. “MSSC members worked really hard to help plan this event. I know what it’s like to not be accepted for who I am, so this event is all about making sure people are accepted for who they are.”

This event is made possible through the generous support of funders, both in and out of Mississippi. Major sponsors include Green Day, the American Humanist Association, Iron Chef Cat Cora, Human Rights Campaign, and Lance Bass, who is a Mississippi native and vocal supporter of LGBT rights.

Members of the media are not allowed inside the event when it begins, however the MSSC cordially invites members of the media to the following:

What: Media Walk Through of Arena
Members of the media will get a look at the arena decorated for the prom, and have access to select youth members of MSSC for interviews.
When: Saturday, May 8 2010, 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Bancorp South Arena, Tupelo MS

What: Media Press Conference
Members of the media will have access to select event organizers, celebrities and

12 Comments on “Mississippi Safe Schools Coalition, Celebrities to Host Second Chance Prom in Tupelo, MS this Saturday

  1. They shouldn’t have to have a second chance prom where everyone no matter what their sexual orientation is. That was how the initial prom should have been. But it is a nice thing that they’re doing.

  2. CONGRATULATIONS!! I’m happy to see that the kids will be able to create the memories they so rightly deserve. Have the time of your lives.

    Much Love from a LGBT supporter in California

  3. This is fantastic. I have so much respect and admiration for those of you who unfairly have to fight for your right to love, and who approach this battle with dignity and heads held high. Props to you all, and I hope you have a magical night!

  4. What an amazing way to celebrate and honor our youth. The whole organization and the event itself is an amazing way to instill leadership, pride, confidence and respect within our youth today. Very nice, Tupelo! You should be very proud!

  5. I am so proud of all of you who have made this prom happen. I cried when I read about the sham prom that was a response to Constance’s desire to take her girlfriend to the prom. What a courageous and amazing young woman Constance is – she wasn’t willing to sell out on herself! I am inspired by the way this situation is turning out. Maybe it does take each of us having the courage to speak out for what we believe in a way that respects the dignity and divine-ness of humanity. All of us have “flaws” and are at the same time “perfect”.
    Thank you.

  6. Certainly it would have been ideal had Constance been able to take her girlfriend to the prom. However, having an event with so much celebrity attachment, funding, organizing and planning certainly topped anything her school would have put together. Further, who wants to go to a prom where they are not wanted? This Second Chance Prom was a safe haven for students who, like myself, were shunned and cast aside due to their sexual orientations. Let this be a lesson. If bigots don’t want us around that’s fine. We’ll just do it bigger and better without you somewhere else.

  7. Awesome job getting the prom together for the teenagers of Mississippi. I didn’t go to my senior prom though I did go to another high school junior prom in 1969 where was no rock and roll, no rhythm and blues, no soul/funk, and no doo wop. It was a bunch of old guys from the musicians union, good players I’m sure, but it wasn’t good for a seventeen year old rock and roll, soul/funk musician that loved the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, the Rolling Stones, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Cream (with Eric Clapton), Jeff Beck (with Rod Stewert and Ron Wood), James Brown, and Sly and the Family Stone. A couple of years later I played at my High School’s prom with a R&B rock band playing Ray Charles, Sly, Edgar Winter ect..

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