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Peers cheer as openly gay teen crowned ‘prom queen’ at Conn. high school

Peers cheer as openly gay teen crowned ‘prom queen’ at Conn. high school

DANBURY, Conn. — A 17-year-old teen has been named prom queen at his Connecticut high school and says he’s making a point about gender labeling and discrimination.

Nasir Fleming won the Danbury High School title last week. He was nominated as prom king and prom queen but decided to be considered only for queen.

Fleming tells the News Times newspaper he’s been openly gay since sixth grade and has struggled with bullying. He says he isn’t sure whether the students who submitted his name were making fun of his sexuality but decided it was a good opportunity to make a point about the importance of being who you are.

He says either way he’s “still fabulous.”

Fleming says students at the prom were supportive and erupted in cheers when he won.


In addition to being crowned prom queen, Nasir is one of 10 Danbury High School students who won a $6,000 scholarship for successfully working toward improving their grades and SAT scores.

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