In today’s world where being different can often result in being not only bullied but beaten in school, it’s refreshing to actually be able to report some good news regarding transgender and gay teens. Today, we have two positive stories.
The senior class of McFatter Technical HS in Davie, Florida voted transgender teen Andrew Viveros as their Prom queen last Friday night. The chosen Prom King was Juan Macias, an openly gay male student.
Andrew who also goes by the name Andii, was born a male but has been living as a female for the past two years. Andii said that some students did protest having her name on the ballot and she ran against 14 others for the title. She says that her parents are very supportive and her dad bought her an evening gown, shoes and make-up.
Viveros was surprised to say the least and very excited when her name was called. “They called my name and I was in complete shock,” she said. “It’s a big stepping stone. People can see it’s finally OK to be who you are.”
A little north of Florida, Virginia teens had their own cause for celebration. Also on Friday night, students at Blacksburg High School chose their openly gay senior class secretary Jake Boyer as their Prom Queen. Boyer was also very pleased to be honored with the title and showed up at the prom dressed as Lady Gaga:
“I came out of the closet this year, and I already knew everyone at school was incredibly open about it. This prom queen thing sort of became a manifestation of ‘All right, this is who I am.’ It’s time to show off.”
It’s stories like these that make me think that maybe we are making progress, or at least our kids are. It would be great to see the bullying of gay and transgender teens obliterated by the time our little ones attend their proms. I know that’s a pretty optimistic wish given the state of many teens today but the more that kids stand up to ignorance, the better.
Andii’s dad, Oscar Viveros has advice for other parents with gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender children:
“Let them grow to be whatever they want to be, as long as they’re good,” Viveros said. “Let them blossom into whatever they want to be. Support them 100 percent.”
Kudos to these young people and their parents.
Source: The Miami Herald
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