After being initially nominated for both prom king and queen at Danbury High School, Connecticut teen Nasir Fleming has made local history by opting for the prom queen title.
But despite the outpouring of support and excitement for Fleming, there are those haterswho criticize the school for allowing him to don his rhinestone tiara as prom queen.
The 17-year-old doesn’t let that bother him, though.
“If a person can win a title for a different gender, why can’t a transgender person win that title?” he asks, although he isn’t transgender. Fleming wrote 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, [transgender] people are still discriminated against severely.”
Prom king, Rohit Das, offered to share the traditional dance with Fleming, but the two ended up dancing with their respective dates.
“To be able to say, ‘Even though I’m straight and like girls, I’m willing to dance with a gay guy at the prom’ is huge,” Fleming says of Das.
Fleming gives mad credit to his “uber-supportive” family. “I live with my uncle and he was more excited about me being crowned that I was…I don’t know if I would have had the opportunity to be who I am and be elected as prom queen if it wasn’t for him raising me.”