A Connecticut high school has crowned its first openly gay prom queen.
Nasir Fleming accepted the honor from his cheering Danbury High School peers on Friday, according to The News-Times.
"Even though I identify as male, winning this title is a statement against transphobia," Fleming wrote on his YouTube page.
"As gay people more or less are becoming accepted in society, transgendered people are still discriminated against severely. If I can win a title that is outside of my gender, there is no reason why a transperson should have any problems winning titles in his/her gender," he added. "Stop the hate, start the love."
Fleming, who plans to attend Manhattanville College in the fall, was one of 10 students at his high school who recently received a $6,000 scholarship for working toward improving his academic performance and SAT scores.