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Gay Teen Fights With School For Prom Queen Title!

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Such a brave young man! And he sounds pretty FIERCE, too!

Omar Bonilla of Flanagan High School in Pembroke Pines, Florida, has made headlines for battling it out with his school administration because he not only wanted to attend his Prom in drag, but also run for Queen!

Bonilla, who only recently came out of the closet, apparently managed to be one of the top three potentials most voted for, but the school administration asked him to attend the event in a tuxedo.

Bonilla met with his school principal on two separate ocassions to plead his case, but during the second meeting, was slapped with a two day suspension for parking in a vistors spot on campus, which meant he would not be able to attend his own prom!

WTF?? Sounds to us just like they were just trying to get him out of the way so they wouldn't have to deal with him! Disgusting!

Bonilla says:

"They were looking for an excuse for me not to go, so they said I got suspended for a 'minor disturbance.' I wanted to just make a stand and prove a point. Everybody is your friend, and you don't have to care what people say. Be fierce about it. Show that you work it."

He was soon after invited to attend the Pridelines Youth Services gay prom as a special guest this past Saturday - and won the title of Prom Queen there!

We're heartbroken to discover, however, that after finally getting his crown, the poor kid was disowned by his family!

How awful! We can't imagine what kind of parent would be able to turn away their own child after being so courageously honest with the world like that!


Keep your head held high, Omar! You should be very proud of the stand you've taken! We certainly are!

[Image via Peter Andrew Bosch/Miami Herald.]

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130 comments to “Gay Teen Fights With School For Prom Queen Title!”

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  1. 101

  2. 102

    family guy had it right in a galaxy far far away when the gays wern't all in your face about it.

  3. 103

    Re: Sam90
    i agree on the wear what you want and be who you are part..
    But what difference does it make to you ? Who cares/ why care if the prom queen has a dick! Or if the king has a vagina for that mater ?
    The school told him to run for prom queen not king! see post 68 and 84 for details.

  4. 104

    i go to his school and he has been through a lot. everyone knows that if it was anyone else who parked i that spot they would have let it go. he came back from suspension today in full drag. and he looked great he strutted around our cafeteria like it was no bodies business. and all of you guys are just wrong for thinking that he is disgusting or wrong for trying to be who he really is.

  5. 105

    i got to his school and he really was done wrong the school didnt want him to go as a girl because they were afraid hed get 'beat up' he is very popular in our school and that wasnt going to happen. of course the school is going to try and make it seem like his fault just because they want to save their butts!

  6. 106

    Re: KittyKatt
    You wrote: "Schools have rules and rules are to be enforced"
    Schools once had rules that blacks and white couldn't date…
    Schools once had rules that black and white couldn't learn together!
    Rules are always challenged when there justness or principle the espouse is no longer relevant to or accept by the society they govern. As with your two examples….
    It all started last month when the senior at the Pembroke Pines school decided he wanted to run for prom king, but with the intention of wearing a dress. School administrators ran the idea through the higher-ups and told Bonilla that prom queen might be more appropriate — an option he liked even better.
    In soliciting votes from students, Bonilla — like all other candidates — posted posters around campus. His read “vote Omar for prom queen — time for a change.'
    Along the way, Bonilla made the concession that, if he won, the prom king wouldn't have to dance with him, as some kings might not be comfortable doing that.
    Fearful that other students would try to beat up a prom-goer in drag, the school administration asked him to wear a tuxedo to Friday night's dance. And after two meetings with the school principal to plead for the right to wear a dress, Bonilla was slapped with a two-day suspension, the timing of which meant he couldn't go to the prom at all.

  7. 107

    yeah the school were being asswholes. & I guess he should be allowed to wear a dress if he really wants it.
    BUT he SHOULD NOT be allowed to run for Queen. Thats not kool. A girl really wants that, and a girl should get it.
    This isn't like a soccer teams and not enough people singed up for the girls so it was cancled, and now the girls wonna play on the boys team. No, he can tryout for prom King, but not queen.

  8. 108

    Re: rawritscailin
    Right on :)

  9. 109

    Re: rawritscailin
    How can you say 'he's being who he really is'
    didn't he just start being drag to be funny/obnoxious?

    I can see the school trying to just cut their losses, and suspend him. It'd look a whole lot worse if he got beat up.

  10. 110

    Being gay myself I'm all for equal rights and all but I think you have to draw the line somewhere. No problem that he's gay, and if he wants to go in drag, so what? But to run for prom queen? seriously?! This isn't a drag show…it's prom. If he wants a title than he should run for prom king and let the girls fight it out for the other. Enough is enough.

  11. 111

    Re: lorisa – How can you say "didn't he just start being drag to be funny/obnoxious?" Do you know Omar? If you do, ask him. If you don't, are you editorialising your opinion on the subject?
    And, considered yourself schooled: the idiom is not 'being drag' it is 'doing drag.' Also, you might be surprised to learn that 'drag' does not apply to every instance of a biological male wearing a dress. 'Drag' is typically for the sake of costume or performance.

  12. 112

    I have to be BLUNT here they have prom QUEEN and prom KING for a reason. To be FAIR ONE woman and ONE man should win.

    He or any other male should be able to dress in drag if they want to its thier preferance. WTF?! what kind of family disownes a CHILD? his MOTHER should be ashamed of herself BITCH!

  13. 113

    Give it a week or two and Perez will be bashing him……. Just like he did to Sean Hayes…..

  14. 114

    Re: b a t k i s s – I meant to say 'dressing in drag' I didn't think it would become a huge topic of concern for you. How unfortunate. You shouldn't be so easily offended, Life will become a lot harder for you that way.

  15. 115

    The hateful comments on here never cease to amaze me…

    How disgusting are his parents for disowning him? Shame on them, and shame on his school! Keep your head high, dont let them bring you down darling!

  16. 116

    Re: lorisa – I am not offended now or when I replied to our post. Answers to my questions are suspicioulsy absent from your reply however. Do they offend you?

  17. 117

    Seriously, what the fuck did this guy/girl/whatever the hell it is think the reaction to that kind of request was going to be? It's one thing to declare you blatent homosexuality, it's entirely another to do it in an open forum like a prom and then take to any media outlet that will listen to scream sexual bias and homophobia.Does this person not think that going to such an event dressed like the picture attached would make EVERYBODY uncomfortable?Make a statement, just don't ruin everything for everybody else attending the most important event so far in their lives.

  18. 118

    =/ he needs help. He's seriously confused.

  19. 119

    i actually go to skool with omar , he is so nice ! like i really think that , that was an excuse for him not to go , i mean one of my teachers even said that he should be suspended because he was causing a distraction today by wearing highheels and everyonee was wanting to take pictures with him , he was like a pop star! but i think thats rediculousss that they to him.did that

  20. 120

    Re: b a t k i s s
    Hi :) i posted to you earlier it didn't go through!

  21. 121

    I'd have to agree with a lot of people here, they should have let him wear a dress to prom, but I don't think he should have been allowed to run for prom queen, unless he totally identifies as a woman in his gender and the school understands that then it should be kept for just the girls.

  22. 122

    Re: Aussieone – HOWDY!

  23. 123

    I happened to go to Flanagan High School and I know how the administrators are and, I know that they are blowing things out of proportion. We had so many weird shit happend there, and the kids do things far worse than express their true selves. I think they should have let HER do what she wanted she wasnt hurting anyone.

  24. 124

    Re: loclocaloca – so true the principle is just a witch, pls i know people that parked in the visitors spot all year round and the faculty never did anything, they are just idiots.

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  26. 126

    well he is a queen….but me thinks he missed the point

  27. 127

    that's why there's a West Hollyhood you creep!

  28. 128

    Really? He is not brave. He needs to shut the hell up and run for prom king

  29. 129

  30. 130

    GAYS CAN DIE!!!!!!!!

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