Look, some seemingly good news about a trans person in the United States!
Dex Frier, the Georgia high school student who was nominated and then un-nominated for prom king because he’s trans, got crowned at his prom after all. The 17-year-old Gainesville resident was named a “Royal Knight” at Johnson High School’s prom on Saturday night after being added back onto what Yahoo calls a new “gender-free ballot.”
“The announcer called my name and it was insane,” Frier told Yahoo. “It felt amazing to be recognized for who I am — not who I am perceived to be.”
Last week, Out reported that students at Johnson High had nominated Frier for prom king. Hall County School District administrators allegedly rescinded that nomination because Frier is trans, telling him that he could only be nominated for prom queen. Superintendent Will Schofield has repeatedly declined to comment on the matter when asked by Yahoo, the Associated Press, and other outlets.
A classmate named Sam Corbitt drafted a petition to get Frier back on the ballot, Yahoo says, which prompted Johnson High School to institute a new “gender-free” prom court ballot and add Frier back amongst the nominees.
Frier, who came out as trans in his sophomore year at Johnson High, is currently crowdfunding transition-related medical costs on GoFundMe. He seems extremely happy with how his high school experience is coming to a close.
“I’ve learned there is an enormous amount of people behind me no matter what,” Dex told Yahoo. “Making a difference before I leave for college feels fantastic.”