Promo 2016 : Un couple de lesbiennes sacré « reine » et « roi » du plus ancien lycée de Floride

Promo 2016 : Un couple de lesbiennes sacré « reine » et « roi » du plus ancien lycée de Floride

>> Leon high-schoolers crowned a same-sex couple prom king and queen, a first in the school’s 185-year-old history

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Lindsey Creel et Brie Grimes peuvent se réjouir d’une année qui s’achève sur une « note parfaite ». En couple depuis trois ans, les deux élèves de Terminale au lycée « Leon », à Tallahassee en Floride, ont été élues le mois dernier « prom king » et « prom queen ». Une première pour l’établissement, le plus ancien de l’état, fondé en 1831, il y a quelque 185 ans. Depuis, l’histoire des deux adolescentes a été largement médiatisée.

« Nous sommes heureuses d’avoir attiré l’attention et contribué à quelque chose qui aura eu des répercussions positives pour toute la communauté », ont confié les amoureuses. Si les temps se sont depuis éclaircis, elles auront néanmoins traversé des moments de solitude et espèrent vivement que leur couronnement incitera plus de personnes à s’engager et se dire « qu’il est normal de défendre les LGBT. Le lycée Leon parle souvent du changement… C’est un bon exemple pour les jeunes élèves », ajoute Lindsey.

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« Je suis fier de constater que la majorité de nos étudiants sont ouverts d’esprit et en accord avec l’évolution des mœurs, » se félicite dans la presse locale Scott Brown, professeur d’histoire et responsable de l’association « Leon’s Gay Straight Alliance » (GSA), établis au sein de l’institution depuis 2001 : « Leon est peut-être une école traditionnelle, mais nous pouvons être reconnus comme progressistes ».

Bien malgré les commentaires désobligeants, le soutien est également massif sur les réseaux où la mère de Brie n’a pas manqué d’exprimer toute sa joie, en partageant des souvenirs et photo  : « Je suis fière que ma fille ait choisi l’amour, qu’elle soit audacieuse et s’accroche aux choses auxquelles elle croit, même si parfois elles sont différentes des miennes ou de la plupart du reste du monde. Ma fille est une belle personne et elle a fait une magnifique reine du bal avec un roi qui déchire ! »

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Leon High School Prom 2016 will go down in the history books! Not only is it Brie’s senior prom, but also because she won Prom Queen and her girlfriend, Lindsey, Prom King. Leon High is the oldest high school in the State of Florida, being established in 1831, and is in the US National Register of Historic Places. Tonight they crowned their first same sex couple as Prom Queen and King. Brie, who cares very much about equality, feminism and having no gender lines is proud of her school and graduating class for recognizing love has no gender rules. As Brie’s mom I am proud of her for choosing love, for being bold and sticking to the things she believes in even if they are different than mine and much of the world. She is a beautiful person and made a gorgeous prom queen with a sharp prom king!! @briebrieg #nofilter #leonhighprom2016 #thisisourlife #keepingitreal

Une photo publiée par tpoucher (@tpoucher) le

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C’est assez représentatif de notre lycée et la preuve que changements et traditions peuvent se concilier, selon Carlton DiSalvo, délégué des élèves : « Peu importe nos points de vue, nous restons unis. »

Terrence Katchadourian
stophomophobie.org

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>> Last month, a Tallahassee high school crowned its first ever gay couple as prom king and queen.

The couple, Lindsey Creel and Brie Grimes, are seniors at Leon High School in Tallahassee, the oldest public high school in the state, and have been dating for three years. Though they were happy to win the title, the pair is more excited about the impact their crowning will have on the LGBT community at their school.

“It feels good to know some of the things we’ve been a part of can help others going through tough experiences, in a positive way,” Grimes told the Tallahassee Democrat.

“I needed someone in my life to show me that it would work out—when I was first going through this years ago. But I didn’t have that.”

“I hope that people will look at this and more will begin to think that it’s okay to be supportive of the LBTQ community,” Creel added.

“Leon often talks about change. This is a good example for younger students there.”

Even as Grimes and Creel found great comfort in one another throughout their time at Leon, they both admit to feelings of loneliness and isolation at the school, especially in their first years after coming out. Leon has had a gay-straight alliance since 2001, but the climate hasn’t always been entirely supportive.

Scott Brown, who advises Leon’s GSA, says that the move to elect Brie and Lindsey as prom king and queen is a big step forward for the school.

“It makes me feel proud to know that the majority of Leon students are open-minded and agree with today’s changing mores,” the history teacher said.

“Leon may be a traditional school, but we can be known as progressive.”

In general, the response to the pair’s crowning has been resoundingly positive, with many taking to social media to express support for the couple. Perhaps the most touching reaction came from Brie’s mother, who posted a photo of Brie and Lindsey on Instagram along with a moving caption.

“Brie, who cares very much about equality, feminism and having no gender lines is proud of her school and graduating class for recognizing love has no gender rules,” it begins.

“As Brie’s mom I am proud of her for choosing love, for being bold and sticking to the things she believes in even if they are different than mine and much of the world. She is a beautiful person and made a gorgeous prom queen with a sharp prom king!!”

Congratulations Brie and Lindsey!