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05/01/2008

Queen for a gay: Racine student fights gender restriction

by Jeremy Hooper

A male student in Racine, Wisconsin, was nominated by his fellow students to a short list of seniors who could possibly end up on this year's prom court. However, school administrators are fighting the teen democratic process, going so far as to remove the boy's name from the list of eligibles.

Picture 29-5But why, you ask? Well, because eighteen-year-old Uriel Gomez (pic.), an openly gay male, was nominated to the girls' court, not the boys:

A man as the prom queen? [Racine Journal Times]

::sigh:: As if the generation that came of age during Bush needed more reasons to believe that the Democratic process can be futzed with! Come on, Park High School -- Uriel was nominated fair and square. He's flattered, not annoyed by his budding 'queen' status. There's no good reason why his nomination should be nixed! And in fact, it would be a nice lesson to all those who might've nominated him because they thought they were being funny or cruel.

Keep on fighting for it, Uriel. And do it not just for yourself, but for every queer kid who's been forced to mold themselves to this heterosexist rite of passage rather than have the event accommodate their truth.

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Interesting piece, but I am not sure what to think of it. It's good that he is being a good sport and having fun with it - often a sense of humor and choosing to not take offense is the best revenge. But I was in a discussion not too long ago, probably an outcome of the NC "pansy" flap actually, but the issue came of how the greatest dig against a man is still to suggest he's somehow feminine. There's no indication that Uriel is transgender and a lot of indication that he is, in fact, happily male...which has a lot more to do with his not "belonging" in the girls' court than his sexual orientation. I hope he has fun with it and does so with a lot of student body support. But I think it would be even better if he could have fun as royalty with student body support as part of the BOY'S court. Being gay shouldn't be perceived as making him less of a man.

Posted by: greg | May 1, 2008 1:36:54 PM

Well yea, of course being gay shouldn't make him be on the girls' list. That goes without saying. But from what I can gather, he is really cool with the fact that he was put on it. He's trying to own it and disempower any offense that might've been intended. That seems to me like a positive way to proceed.

Posted by: G-A-Y | May 1, 2008 2:35:20 PM

I surely hope so, Queen it up Uriel... Unless any of his classmates bring guns to computer lab, too.

Posted by: LOrion | May 1, 2008 3:38:27 PM

Question: Is Uriel gay or transgender? It seems that we sometimes get our terminology confused.

Posted by: YeOldeFart | May 1, 2008 5:56:44 PM

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