05/31/11-by Bridgette P. LaVictoire
It is the end of the school year, and that means proms, celebrating, and, of course, Prom Kings and Queens. There are two stories out that should delight the LGBT Community no end, and it has to do with four of our own winning those coveted spots.
Let us start in Maine where Christian Nelsen and his boyfriend Caleb Jett both put their names into the running for Prom Queen and King. What is wonderful is that the two won. Nelsen got enough votes to be voted Prom Queen while his boyfriend Jett got enough votes to be Prom King. The two wore suits and proudly wore their tiara and crown. They even danced as Queen and King.
Here’s an interesting point. This interview from WNTW News 8 mentions that while some were very happy for the results of the election, others were very unhappy. News 8 tried to interview dozens of people and those who were against it declined to comment on camera – one even said he was afraid of offending someone. How wonderful is it when those who are on the wrong side of history and humanity can acknowledge their ignorance and bigotry through their silence.
But now we are off to Fort Lauderdale, Florida where seventeen year old Andii Viveros was crowned Prom Queen and Juan Macias was crowned Prom King for McFatter Technical High School in Davie, Florida. The prom was held at the Hyatt Regency in Fort Lauderdale.
What makes this couple so wonderful is that Viveros, whose first name is Andrew, is transgender, and while she did not wear a strapless gown to the prom, she did wear a stunning outfit. Viveros stated “Then they called my name and I was in complete shock. . .It’s a big stepping stone. People can see it’s finally OK to be who you are and do what you want no matter how different you are.” Viveros is the president of the school’s Gay-Straight Alliance.
According to Viveros, Macias’ running for Prom King did not raise as many problems as Viveros’ run for Prom Queen did. She did win support from the school’s administrators after writing a speech about the daily struggle of being transgender and how she had the right to run for Prom Queen.
There isn’t any photo of Viveros, so this video will have to do: