Danbury High School senior Nasir Fleming made history last Friday when he was named prom queen, to the cheers of his fellow students. See the video below:
On his YouTube page, Fleming said his being named to the vaunted post of prom queen is a step forward for gay, lesbian, bisexual and trangendered people, and a strong statement against gender-labeling.
“Even though I identify as male, winning this title is a statement against transphobia,” the statement reads. “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 (Prom Queen, Miss America, etc). Stop the hate, start the love.”
The comments on the YouTube page included much support, such as one from former Danbury High School student Emily Vega who called Fleming “a really great and amazing person and really we’ll (sic) liked at our school. So I’m glad he won. And now I love my old high school even more.”
But there was also the expected negativity, including one commenter who said naming Fleming prom queen was “making a mockery” of the process.
Fleming is having a good month. Not only did he win prom queen, but he also was one of 10 DHS stuents who won a $6,000 scholarship for successfully working toward improving their grades and SAT scores. Fleming plans to go to Manhattanville College, in Purchase, N.Y., in the fall. Danbury High School officials couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.