UPDATE: Celebrities help sponsor 2nd chance prom in Tupelo

By The Assocated Press

TUPELO — Green Day, former N’Sync member Lance Bass, and celebrity chef Cat Cora are among those helping to pay for a prom in Mississippi today that’s open to everyone but geared toward gay students.

The American Humanist Association also will contribute $20,000 for the May 8 event in Tupelo.

The annual prom is organized by the Mississippi Safe Schools Coalition. This year’s event has drawn attention because of the case of Constance McMillen, a high school senior who challenged her school district’s rule banning same-sex dates at proms.

Coalition spokesman Matthew Sheffield said Bass is among the celebrities expected to attend.