Cooper Smith, Todd Koch head to N.Y. with local J.C. Penney LGBT employees for Pride parade

Dallas couple Todd Koch and Cooper Smith are seen here with their two children in the June edition of J.C. Penney’s catalog.

Gay Dallas dads Cooper Smith and Todd Koch will leave their kids in Big D this weekend as they travel to march in New York’s Pride parade on J.C. Penney’s float.

Smith told Instant Tea that he and Koch will join about 100 other friends and supporters from the DFW area.

J.C. Penney spokeswoman Kate Coultas said the Plano-based LGBT employee group PRIDE organized the trip and will have about 250 employees march on Sunday.

“As we focus on becoming America’s favorite store, we’re committed to being a store for all Americans,” Coultas wrote in an email.

She added that those attending will wear J.C. Penney’s Pride shirts, which are only available online.

Cooper said he was honored to be asked to join in the Big Apple’s Pride festivities to celebrate the company’s diversity.

“Todd and I are so proud of J.C. Penney for how they’ve made an effort to represent all families and how they’ve stood squarely by their message of inclusiveness,” Smith said. “The whole experience has been heart-warming. Being asked to walk alongside hundreds of their employees, families and friends is the ultimate cherry on top!”

Photos from the parade are below.

—  Dallasvoice

Another honor for Constance

Constance McMillen made headlines around the country when she sued officials at her school, Itawamba Agricultural

Constance McMillen

Constance McMillen

High School in Mississippi because they refused to let her wear a tuxedo to her senior prom and take her girlfriend as her date.

The sage of Constance’s prom — including the school’s decision to cancel it altogether and then deciding to let folks sponsor a “private prom,” and winding up with school officials directing Constance and her girlfriend to what turned out to be a “fake” prom while most of their classmates went to a different party across town — has made Constance McMillen practically an LGBT-household name.

Now she’s likely to become even more famous: She has been chosen as one fo the grand marshals for the 41st annual LGBT Pride March on June 27 in New York City, the oldest — and one of the largest — LGBT Pride parades in the country.

McMillen, 18, said: “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. I’m really honored and touched to be asked to be part of this celebration.”

—  admin