UPDATE: McMillen to grand marshal NY gay pride parade

By The Assocated Press

JACKSON — The lesbian teenager from Mississippi who challenged her school district’s ban of same-sex prom dates will serve as the grand marshal of the annual gay pride march in New York City.

Heritage of Pride, Inc., announced Constance McMillen’s scheduled appearance for the June 27 event in a news release. McMillen’s attorney, ACLU Mississippi legal director Kristy Bennett, confirmed that the teen would attend.

The march commemorates the 1969 Stonewall riots in which patrons at a Greenwich Village gay bar fought back against a police raid.

McMillen said she’s honored to be part of the celebration.