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Danbury students used this year’s senior prom to make a statement by electing a homosexual student to prom court. Nasir Fleming took that statement a step further when he opted for the tiara over the crown, taking the title of Prom Queen.

Fleming’s fellow students voted for the 17-year-old senior to reign as both king and queen, though he was forced to choose between the two at Saturday night’s prom. He said he chose to be crowned Prom Queen to shed light on another ostracized group within the LGBT community: transgender teens.

While he was honored to have been nominated and win, Fleming said he felt as though the spotlight would be better used in support of a group that is still largely marginalized.

“Even though being gay is becoming more accepted, transgenders” — people who do not identify as the sex they were born — “are often seen as disgusting,” he said. “I’m tired of saying, ‘Let’s tolerate each other,’ because there’s always a little hate there. We need to start accepting each other.”

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