A gay male student who won the sought-after title of prom queen at his Los Angeles school has spoken of his happiness.
Sergio Garcia, 18, beat eight girls to the coveted crown during Saturday’s ceremony at Fairfax Senior High.
While adhering to the traditional boys’ attire of a simple sharp suit, Sergio accessorised with the prized tiara he received to mark his groundbreaking win.
Speaking to the Los Angeles Times, he said: “I see myself as a boy with a different personality. I don’t wish to be a girl, I just wish to be myself.”
Sergio’s high school appears to have been instrumental in creating an environment in which he felt able to run.
In addition to an on-campus support program for LGBT students. Fairfax Senior High has a Gay-Straight Alliance group, highlighting its focus on inclusion and diversity.
“At one time, prom may have been a big popularity contest where the best-looking guy or girl were crowned king and queen. Things have changed and it’s no longer just about who has the most friends or who wears the coolest clothes,” Sergio told the crowd of his peers during his acceptance speech at Hollywood’s Roosevelt Hotel, the event’s prestigious venue
In 2007, Scotland’s Glasgay! Festival hosted their Big Gay Prom, based on high school proms from across the pond, complete with prom king and queen. The night was described as being a traditional prom “but without any of the pesky alienation”.