A gay teen in Danbury, Connecticut proved that anything is possible on Friday night. According to Gay Star News on Tuesday, Nasir Fleming had a great holiday weekend after he took home the title of prom queen at his school dance on Friday night. As a demonstration of change, the reaction Fleming received when he won was the most telling as fellow students cheered when their classmate won the title.
Fleming also made history by becoming the first male prom queen in the school’s history. The Danbury High School teen was also nominated for prom king, but proudly accepted the tiara and the title at the school’s dance that took place at the Matrix Center. For Fleming, becoming prom queen had deeper meaning. He wanted to show support for transgender quality. He wrote on YouTube, “Even though I identify as male, winning this title is a statement against transphobia.”
The acceptance and reaction from other students at the dance showed a progression in attitude and also gave witness to a younger generation that is more exposed and educated when it comes to identity, even though there were some who were not supportive. Fleming goes on to say in the video, “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.”
Not only was Fleming thrilled to be voted prom queen by an election held by his classmates, he was chocked at the support. He told Queerty, “I was shocked to see how awesome and supportive my peers are. I received a decent amount of negative backlash, so I was surprised when I won.”
Fleming attributed the reaction to his own self-acceptance made possible by his “uber-supportive” family. He lives with his uncle who he says has been very supportive in his growth and who also allowed him to be exactly who his is. Fleming hopes he can be an inspiration to countless trans students who may be currently facing discrimination.