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!
"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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