Florida High School crowns first lesbian prom king and queen in its 185-year history.
A lesbian couple was crowned prom king and queen at Leon High School in Tallahassee Florida last month.
Lindsey Creel and Brie Grimes have been dating for three years and hope that their newly crowned status will encourage others to be brave and support each other in the toughest of times
"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.”
Lindsey adds, “I hope that people will look at this and more will begin to think that it’s okay to be supportive of the LBTQ community, Leon often talks about change…This is a good example for younger students there.”
Leon High School began a Gay Straight Alliance in 2001, some administrators seemed uncomfortable with the idea. They thought the club would become a target on which homophobic students would set their aim.
History teacher Scott Brown, who sponsored the club, said that the fear of others making gay and lesbian student’s their target was only more reason to start an LGBT association on campus.
“It makes me feel proud to know that the majority of Leon students are open-minded and agree with today’s changing mores,” he said. “Leon may be a traditional school, but we can be known as progressive.”
However, even with that progressive attitude, the king and queen election was still met with a spattering of negative comments in the halls and on social media.
The school district is making strides in their support for LGBT youth, many schools have started their own Gay Straight Alliances, following in the footsteps of Leon's lead.
Carlton DiSalvo, student body president and the School Board's student representative, is proud that his school is so accepting and that the election of two women as prom king and queen is a testament of how people can unite to make a difference.
“This is another step along that way of progression,” he said. “This says something about the friends and family of Leon and how they make the school what it really is. We can celebrate each other and our accomplishments, no matter our different viewpoints. We’re still able to come together as ‘Leon Lions.’”
UPDATE: The photos in the article have been updated to credit Tammy Poucher