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VIDEO: Mississippi Teen Constance McMillen Presents Stephen F. Kolzak Award at the 21st Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles
Constance McMillen, the 18-year-old Mississippi student whose high school cancelled its prom rather than let McMillen attend with her girlfriend, presented the Stephen F. Kolzak Award to Wanda Sykes at the 21st Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles on Saturday.
The Stephen F. Kolzak Award is presented to an openly lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender person who has made a significant difference in promoting equal rights for the LGBT community in the media.
“Well, I never expected all this to happen,” said McMillen. “All I wanted was for me and my girlfriend to be able to go to prom just like any other couple.”
SYKES: Constance, do you have any plans on April 17th?
CONSTANCE MCMILLEN: Uh, I don’t.
SYKES: You don’t? Well on April 17th, GLAAD, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, they’re presenting me with the Stephen F. Kolzak award. It’s given to an openly gay member of the entertainment community for, you know, standing up and trying to fight homophobia. And GLAAD, they allow the recipient to choose the person who they want to present them with the award and Constance, I would be honored if you could come out to LA, bring your girlfriend and present the award to me.
MCMILLEN: Wow. Thank you.
SYKES: So what do you say?
MCMILLEN: I would be happy to do it.