Ellen Degeneres gives scholarship to lesbian teen Constance McMillen

Constance McMillen, an 18-year-old teen, is currently fighting a legal battle against her Jackson, Mississippi school district ... just to go to her prom. Her high school issued a list of rules for the event, specifying that dates must be of opposite sexes.

When McMillen notified the school that she planned to attend the prom with her girlfriend, the entire dance was canceled because, according to the school, of "distractions to the educational process caused by recent events."

On Friday, McMillen was a guest on "The Ellen Degeneres Show," saying, "I'm not going to go to prom and pretend like I'm not gay. I just want to be myself and go to the prom that I was supposed to have since I've known what prom was."