Prom season is upon us — well not us per se, we’re as old as the sun — but for high schools across the country, it’s like, kind of a big deal.
For LGBT kids, the dream can become something of a nightmare. All that focus on boy/girl couples and that perfect image of masculine/feminine can leave kids who don’t fit the mold feeling like they’re left out to dry.
But the times they are a-changin’, and as the U.S. finally looks poised to cross the hurdle of marriage equality, we expect experiences like the ones below to become much less few and far between. And that’s a beautiful thing.
These five stories give us hope that great things are on the horizon:
A high school in Danbury, CT, made local history as it crowned the first gay male prom queen in the school’s history. Students from Danbury High School gave a standing ovation as Nasir Fleming took the stage at the Matrix Center to accept the crown. “I was shocked to see how awesome and supportive my peers are,” Fleming told Queerty. “I received a decent amount of negative backlash, so I was surprised when I won.” He added, “My main reason for wanting to win prom queen is to show the school, and hopefully the world, that if a spunky, odd gay kid can win prom queen, then anyone can! This message is mainly for transgendered people, because they seem to face so much backlash for simply being themselves. If I can win a title that is out of my gender, anyone else should be able to, including transgendered people.”
In case you just returned from your annual vacation from under a rock, a straight teen recently made headlines for asking his gay best friend to prom. It was pretty damn cute. “You’re hella gay, I’m hella str8, but you’re like my brother, so be my d8?” said the oversized banner invitation. The story went viral, with everyone from Ellen to Teen Vogue to Davey Wavy jumping in to share support. Oh, and the night was a success.
Middleboro High School senior Cody Tubman was “all smiles” when crowned prom queen at her Boston-area high school’s prom. Tubman, who began identifying as transgender in ninth grade, says she feels “confident and comfortable” in her body, and has received nothing but support from fellow classmates and teachers. Congratulations, Cody! Though your reign may be over by now, the positivity you’re spreading will surely live on forever.
There was a time not too long ago that coming out in high school meant facing certain doom, but these two high school athletes are stepping out into the light and proving that the world keeps turning. Michael Martin and his boyfriend Logan Westrope shared a batch of prom photos that made us nostalgic for days past, until we remembered our high school prom. Now we’re just happy for them, and other couples like them. Head here for more photos.
WhenGeorge “Tony” Zamazal asked to turn it out as a female and — more importantly, a lady — at the prom, the assistant principal refused, telling her that “women wore dresses, and men wore tuxedos.” Tony then asked the principal, who said she would have to consult the school board because it would be a “community decision.” That’s when the ACLU intervened with a letter explaining that both federal law and the U.S. Constitution protect Tony’s right to wear a dress to prom. Weeks later, Spring School District responded with a letter stating that Tony will be allowed to “wear her choice of feminine attire” as long as it complies with the “prom dress code enforced for all students, specifically female students.” In Texas, mind you. We salute you, Tony.