Things went wild in a good way when openly gay Danbury, Connecticut teen Nasir Fleming was named Prom Queen on Friday night – becoming the first male Prom Queen in the school’s history.
Nasir, who had also been nominated for Prom King, was cheered and applauded by his fellow students from Danbury High School as he accepted the tiara at the school’s dance at the Matrix Center on Friday night.
Nasir said he wanted to be Prom Queen to support transgender equality even though he is not transgender himself.
‘Even though I identify as male, winning this title is a statement against transphobia,’ Nasir wrote on YouTube in posting his fellow students’ reactions.
‘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.’
Nasir’s win was welcomed online by a former Danbury student.
‘I’m a Christian but I know that kid,’ she wrote, ‘He’s actually a really great and amazing person and really well liked at our school.’
‘So I’m glad he won. And now I love my old high school even more.’
Watch the students’ reaction below