Brandon Allen made history at his school over the weekend when he was crowned homecoming queen at White Station High School in Memphis, Tennessee.
17-year-old Allen, who identifies as gay, wore a sparkly gold sequin off-the-shoulder gown and rhinestone tiara to the coronation on Friday night. When the school posted a picture of him being crowned to its Facebook and Twitter pages, it drew thousands of likes, comments, and shares.
We crowned our 2019 Homecoming Royalty tonight. Congrats to senior Brandon Allen! pic.twitter.com/TslNnCqRdc
— White Station High (@SpartansWSHS) September 28, 2019
“As a a member of the WSHS class of 1980 I think this is… FABULOUS!!!” one person commented. “Congrats Brandon! You make this Spartan proud!!”
“This is the most beautiful homecoming picture I’ve ever seen,” another person said.
“This school is a real leader in the community and is setting a great example of love and inclusion,” a third person wrote.
Carrye Holland, the school’s principal, tells CNN, “It’s the students’ choice of who they want to support as homecoming royalty. I’m exceedingly proud to be the principal of our amazing school.”
She adds, “WSHS loves and supports everyone regardless of who they are or what they believe.”
Afterward the historic coronation, Allen took to Instagram to thank everyone for their support, writing: “Thank you to everyone who has contributed to me becoming queen. You guys truly looked stunningly beautiful and I am so honored to have been able to walk with you guys!!”