Indianapolis school crowns first transgender prom king

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By Andrew Pillow

The crowning of the prom king and queen is always a special moment. However, it was extra special for one Indianapolis student. North Central high school crowned their first transgender prom king. Alan Belmont, a transgender male, is now the holder of that distinction.

High school wasn’t exactly a smooth ride for Belmont. He came out during his sophomore year and faced bullying shortly thereafter.

At one point someone took Belmont’s homecoming king poster down and crossed out the word “king” and replaced it with “queen”.

Things like that made high school hard harder for him than the average student, but according to Belmont, students shouldn’t let incidents like that get them down as he told WTHR:

“I want kids to know that confidence is the key to surviving bullying. If you love yourself, negative words mean nothing if you know they aren’t true. Believe your own happiness and love over others’ negativity and hate.”

Watch the full story below or read more here. (WTHR)

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Andrew Pillow

Andrew is a technology teacher at KIPP Indy College Prep. He is graduate of the University of Kentucky and a Teach for America Alum. Andrew just recently finished his commitment as a Teach Plus Policy fellow, and he is looking forward to putting the skills he's learned to good use. Andrew has written for several publications in the past on a wide variety of topics but will be sticking to education for his role on Indy/Ed.