A Mississippi teen who fought a school ban on same-sex prom dates has gone from being ostracized to being honored.

Constance McMillen, 18, will serve as a grand marshal of the NYC Gay Pride March on June 27. She shares the honor with Judy Shepard, mother of Matthew Shepard, who was slain in a 1998 hate crime.

“I never dreamed so many people would support my fight to take my girlfriend to the prom, much less that I’d end up being asked to be a Grand Marshal at NYC Pride,” McMillen said in a statement. “I’m really honored and touched to be asked to be part of this celebration.”

McMillen’s school district canceled prom rather than let McMillen wear a tuxedo and bring her girlfriend. Earlier this month, a private prom was held to replace the traditional one, but McMillen was among only seven students who attended.

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McMillen’s case gained national attention after the American Civil Liberties Union helped to challenge her Fulton, Miss., school district, which banned same-sex prom dates and allowed only male students to wear tuxedos.

(With AP)