Prom with a twist...
The gay community and proms have had a rather rough relationship this year, but a high school in New York bucked the trend by electing two openly gay boys their prom king and queen. Charlie Ferrusi and Timmy Howard are best friends and seniors at Hudson High School where their peers voted them king and queen by an overwhelming majority. “It’s a really big step for Hudson but also for the gay community in general,” Howard said in an interview with The Register Star. “To have this happen in our city is pretty exciting.”
In 2008, a male student, Augie Abatecola, ran for prom queen at Hudson High and won the election, but school officials refused him his crown. Ferrusi and Howard checked with the administration before the prom this time, and received official approval to run. The school principal, Steven Spicer said, “We’re proud of all our students. They know they have the right to pick whoever they want. It was exciting for them and it was exciting for Charlie and Tim.”
Ferrusi and Howard say they plan on participating in Hudson, NY’s first ever gay pride parade which will be on Sun, June 20. They will don their crowns and homemade sashes.
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