Just when I think life is back to normalcy something gets thrown into the soup!!! Read the story as posted by Madame Noire:
“STOP THE HATE, START THE LOVE”: 17-YEAR-OLD NASIR FLEMING CROWNED PROM QUEEN AT CONNECTICUT HIGH SCHOOL
“I wasn’t expecting to win.”
That’s what 17-year-old Nasir Fleming told the New Times after being crowned prom queen – yes queen, not king – at Danbury High School in Connecticut last week. The young man, who is popular at the school and says that he’s been out about his sexuality since he was in the sixth grade, was nominated for both prom queen and prom king by his peers. When he won, he says those same classmates were very happy for him, clapping thunderously.
“I was flabbergasted. The audience was surprised and extremely supportive. The audience was more excited than I was.”
And while he can’t say 100 percent what the motivation was for his classmates to nominate him for both king and queen (you never know if it’s to try and make a mockery or to show support), he says “Either way, I’m still fabulous,” and he used his win of prom queen as an opportunity to send a big statement, saying this on his YouTube page:
“Even though I identify as male, winning this title is a statement against transphobia. 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. Stop the hate, start the love.”
And while there has been a great outpouring of support and excitement for Fleming through his high school and on his YouTube page, there have also been people critical of the school allowing him to be crowned prom queen, and those who berate him for what they call a young man being “confused” and for being gay altogether. In a way, it does bother Fleming, especially when such statements come from adults who shouldn’t be attacking a teenager. “It’s so upsetting when you see a 45-year-old making comments about a 17-year-old. It’s disgusting.”
But he’s found a way to easily get past such negativity.
“I love controversy. It’s what keeps the world spinning around.”