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In 2016, Lindsey Creel and Brie Grimes, then-seniors at Leon High School, were voted the school’s first-ever lesbian prom queens.
“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,” Grimes said at the time. “I needed someone in my life to show me that it would work out when I was first going through this years ago,” she says. “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,” Creel added. “Leon often talks about change. This is a good example for younger students there.”
The only thing that could make the story sweeter was Grimes’ mom’s reaction.
“Brie, who cares very much about equality, feminism and having no gender lines is proud of her school and graduating class for recognizing love has no gender rules,” she posted on Instagram. “As Brie’s mom 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.”