Some students were disrespectful, but the majority supported this senior into his reign.
An Indianapolis high school crowned their first transgender prom king over the weekend and though there was backlash from some in the student body, he managed to take the prize with the support of the school.
Alan Belmont, 17, is a student at North Central High School. He came out as trans in his sophomore year reports LGBTQ Nation.
He has faced some bullying at school but was invigorated to run for prom king after gaining a “surge of confidence.”
“They announced my name, and the crowd cheered so loud and it warmed my heart so much,” Belmont told WTHR. “The whole night was full of people cheering me on so seeing that they voted for something so big was incredible.”
Some of his student peers gave him trouble on campus before the event. In one instance they crossed out the word “king” in a campaign flyer and replaced it with the word “queen.”
“I brush it off, because I know my cause is greater than their ignorance, and I don’t want that to be the focus of my identity,” he said.
He wanted to use his coronation as a way to reach out to others who feel bullied or less-than in their environments.
“I want kids to know that confidence is the key to surviving bullying. If you love yourself, negative words mean nothing if you know they aren’t true. Believe your own happiness and love over others’ negativity and hate.”