This Year’s Prom Queen Is…a Guy!

June 5, 2009

Sergio Garcia, Prom QueenPresident Obama has proclaimed June “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month.” We’d like to kick off LGBT Pride Month with the true story of 18-year-old Sergio Garcia. He ran for—and won—the title of prom queen at Fairfax High School in Los Angeles, CA.

You might be scratching your head and wondering how can a guy be the prom queen? The title of prom king didn’t feel right for Sergio. According to him, being the prom queen was a better fit for his personality—the title matched his gender expression. Of course, some people had reservations about having a guy as prom queen. But in a speech to his senior class Sergio defended his decision:

“I will be wearing a suit,” Sergio said, “but don’t be fooled, deep down inside, I am a queen!”

Sergio’s campaign for prom queen got students talking about gender roles and gender expression. Was it right for a guy to run for a traditionally girls-only title? Some people thought Sergio was pulling a stunt and that it was unfair to girls competing for the title. But most of his senior class as well as the school’s principal eventually showed their support, and Sergio won the crown.

What do you think about Sergio’s story? Do you think it was right for Sergio to run as prom queen? Or should he have stuck to prom king? Leave us your comments!

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