A Danbury, Connecticut high school on Friday had the honor of crowning the state’s first gay male prom queen. Nasir Fleming at Danbury High School was elected to the prom court by his fellow students and he chose the queen’s tiara in part, he said, to make a statement of support.
“Even though I identify as male, winning this title is a statement against transphobia,” Fleming, who posted the video to YouTube, wrote. “As gay people, more or less, are becoming accepted in society, transgendered people are still discriminated against severely. If I can win a title that is outside of my gender, there is no reason why a trans-person should have any problems winning titles in his/her gender (Prom Queen, Miss America, etc). Stop the hate, start the love.”
The video clearly shows Fleming’s classmates cheering and applauding.
“Fleming was thankful for the support of his peers in Danbury and especially noted Prom King Rohit Das, who offered to share the king and queen dance with Fleming, per tradition,” Patch reports.
Even though the two ended up dancing with their dates, the gesture was not lost on Fleming.
“To be able to say, ‘Even though I’m straight and like girls, I’m willing to dance with a gay guy at the prom’ is huge,” he said.
Fleming “owes his glowing self-acceptance in part to his ]uber-supportive’ family. “I live with my uncle and he was more excited about me being crowned than I was,” he told Queerty. “I’m very thankful to have him as a form of support, I don’t know if I would have had the opportunity to be who I am and be elected as prom queen if it wasn’t for him raising me.”
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