*Here’s more proof that the times, they are a changin’.
In Connecticut, 17-year-old Nasir Fleming was named and crowned prom queen at Danbury High School and says he’s making a point about gender labeling and discrimination.
Originally, Fleming was nominated as prom king and prom queen but decided to be considered only for queen.
Here’s the story from New Times:
The 17-year-old senior says he is gay and has been out since the sixth grade. While popular, he has struggled with bullying for much of his young life because of his sexual orientation.
Fleming wanted to send a message about the absurdity of gender labeling, the toxicity of discrimination and the importance of being yourself. He decided to accept the nomination for prom queen — not king. He did it mostly to make a point.
“I wasn’t expecting to win,” Fleming said.
He was named prom queen at last week’s event. More than 600 of his fellow students and dozens of staff greeted the announcement with thunderous applause.
“I was flabbergasted,” he said. “The audience was surprised and extremely supportive. The audience was more excited than I was.” (Watch below.)
A video posted on Fleming’s YouTube page shows the newly crowned prom queen being greeted with cheers. Fleming’s date, senior Amanda Dattilo, said he was genuinely stunned by the honor.
“Afterwards, he was all happy and giddy,” she said
Get the rest of this story at New Times.