Female students at 'Fame' school unhappy after non-binary classmate crowned prom queen
A famous performing arts school in New York – which inspired the Fame film and TV series – has crowned its first non-binary prom queen.
Matthew Crisson, who was born a boy but identifies as neither male nor female, was voted as prom queen at the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music and Performing Arts.
While the move can be praised for showing how far the rights of transgender students have progressed, not all of Crisson’s fellow classmates were pleased with the decision.
A number of female students took to social media to complain about a boy taking what they say is a female prize.
“It just sucks that men win everything and we thought we at least deserve that,” one posted.
“I know I go to LaGuardia because a boy won prom queen,” posted another.
Mona Davids, a parent who saw the negative comments, notified the schools and the Department for Education’s LGBTQ community liaison, the New York Post reported.
“They were very catty and negative comments about something so wonderful and positive,” she said.
Crisson told the New York Post that it had been a “big deal for me to reach out to everyone and run.”
His crowning as prom queen comes as issues around transgender students have been highlighted with a row over whether young people should be able to choose whether to choose to use male or female toilets.
The White House has insisted that schools let transgender students use bathrooms in line with how their identify their gender.
"There is no room in our schools for discrimination of any kind, including discrimination against transgender students on the basis of their sex," Attorney General Loretta Lynch said last month.
Crisson is not the first transgender student to be crowned prom queen, however.
Jae Irizarry was awarded the same honor at Trenton Central High School in New Jersey.