Teen Couple Crowned As First Same-Sex Prom King And Queen
Two teenagers in Florida have become the school's first same-sex couple to win prom King and Queen. Lindsey Creel and Brie Grimes were elected prom King and Queen last month at their high school prom, a US tradition which has been immortalised in many a film, such as Mean Girls (I think it was prom, it's been a decade since I last saw it), Twilight (haven't seen it, trusting Google) and of course, Carrie, where a bullied schoolgirl merks everyone using magic powers.
Fortunately, Lindsey and Brie's tale is a little more inclusive and heart warming, and the loving pair expressed hopes that their victory, which came through a vote rather than a bloody coup or divine right, will inspire other LGBTQ teens, raise awareness of the difficulties and discrimination they face, and ease stigma around homosexuality.
"It feels good to know some of the things we've been a part of can help others going through tough experiences, in a positive way," Brie said. "I needed someone in my life to show me that it would work out - when I was first going through this years ago. But I didn't have that."
"I hope that people will look at this and more will begin to think that it's okay to be supportive of the LGBTQ community," Lindsey added. "Leon often talks about change... This is a good example for younger students there."
Leon school, which may or may not be named in honour (almost certainly not) of the rock group Kings of Leon, started an alliance in 2001 to promote tolerance and understanding between LGBT students and heterosexual students.
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Scott Brown, a history teacher who knows a thing or two about the past, had this to say: "It makes me feel proud to know that the majority of Leon students are open-minded and agree with today's changing mores. Leon may be a traditional school, but we can be known as progressive."
Brie's mum got a little cheesy on Instagram, in adorable, heart-warming fashion saying: "As Brie's mum I am proud of her for choosing love, for being bold and sticking to the things she believes in even if they are different than mine and much of the world. She is a beautiful person and made a gorgeous prom queen."
It can only be hoped that the royal prerogative handed to the Tallahassee Two will further boost tolerance in the state of Florida which, despite its famous mouse and attraction as a tourist hotspot, remains (in parts) a highly conservative southern state.
It also remains to be seen whether the power of their position will go to Brie and Lindsey's heads and they begin to engage in some Terrifying Tallahassee Takedowns and punish their citizens/serfs. Let's hope so. It would make for a great follow up story. And if that doesn't float your boat? Try saying Tallahassee ten times in a row without screwing it up. Bet you can't.
By Ronan O'Shea
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