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Maine Gay Couple Voted Prom King & Queen by Classmates

Maine Gay Couple Voted Prom King & Queen by Classmates

Crowning prom king and queen is an annual tradition at most schools across the United States, but when classmates voted at a school in Sanford, Maine, they also sent a message of tolerance by crowning senior Christian Nelsen prom queen and his boyfriend Caleb Jett as prom king.

The couple began campaigning for the honor simply as a way to raise awareness and acceptance for LGBTs but to their surprise they got enough write-in votes to take the title.

From News8:

“It doesn’t matter if it’s a guy or a girl who wins prom queen.”- Christian Nelsen

Both received enough write-in votes to win. They said they decided to run to break high school stereotypes and open some dialogue about tolerance and gay rights. “When I went for it, I was like this could change who wins for the rest of the year. It doesn’t matter if it’s a guy or a girl who wins prom queen. Anyone can win, and on that same notion any type of person could win,” said Nelson.

Read more here.

Apparently News8 talked with several individuals who weren’t “happy about the win” but none of them wanted to appear on camera.

School officials have declined to comment save to confirm that the couple indeed got enough write-in votes from fellow students to win the title.

You can watch a video report over at News8.

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10:39AM PST on Jan 25, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

6:48AM PDT on Jul 28, 2011

Congrats boys! Enjoy.

4:04PM PDT on Jul 21, 2011

I think its great to see the upcoming generation a lot more tolerant than the previous! Now if only these people could vote in state and federal elections, mankind might start to move forward in equal rights.

3:19PM PDT on Jul 15, 2011

Fantastic!

2:34PM PDT on Jul 15, 2011

Congratulations to the winners and the voters!!!

2:30PM PDT on Jul 15, 2011

This is fabulous news. Congrats to Christian and Caleb! It is about time!

I suspect that those who oppose, whether students or adults, are afraid of what they either don't understand or that their church tells them is wrong. In either case, you need to truly discern the meaning and significance of the situation. And you need to use the brain that God gave you! God gave you a brain to think with, not to just follow a flawed human leader.

9:12AM PDT on Jul 15, 2011

If it okay with the majority....It's certainly okay with me...I have no energy on this matter either way.

9:03AM PDT on Jul 15, 2011

It's nice to see some positive news in the GLBT movement. And open minds instead of bullies and nutcases!

6:39AM PDT on Jul 15, 2011

Kate F.,

My thoughts exactly. What really would have represented "open" minds would have been if two girls had been voted in as Prom King and Queen. I notice people are much more accepting of gay men than gay women. Women's rights has such a far way to go in this world and yet gay men seem to be doing quite well in comparison.

4:11AM PDT on Jul 15, 2011

I am happy for and proud of these two young men!

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