Describing himself as “flamboyant,” openly gay Garcia was crowned the queen of his Los Angeles high school’s prom this week after deciding he could better identify with being a queen than a king, and campaigning hard for the part.
After reading about the racially segregated proms still allowed in some parts of the south this week, I needed this story. Because Garcia’s principal says this is a great example of how successful the school is at driving home the message of diversity. At a school that’s offered LGBT programming since for the past twenty-five years, it’s apparently working.
The vote wasn’t unanimous, but speaking in front of his classmates to campaign for the part, Garcia told them, “I’m not your typical prom queen candidate. There’s more to me than meets the eye.” Kids who spoke to a local TV station said they were swayed by his words, and they cast their vote for him.
Now we can only hope the same kids start voting in California elections soon – and find a way to send proposition 8 back to pasture.