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.
“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.
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.