Some Parents Are Furious After Ohio Classmates Elect a Lesbian Couple As Prom King And Queen


Since history can remember, high school proms have involved electing a prom king and queen to have their dance in front of the entire graduating class. After the votes from the graduating class are in, the king and queen are chosen and announced at prom, are given crowns and sometimes a sash, and are probably photographed together for the yearbook.

At a recent prom at Kings High School in Ohio, students elected a lesbian couple to be prom king and queen—the first to ever occur at the school. Annie Wise and Riley Loudermilk have been dating six months and are a pretty popular duo around the campus.

“My crown fell off and it broke. There was a lot going on, but it’s something I’ll never forget. It was amazing,” Wise said. “I do hope it kind of just helps people realize that it’s OK to come out.”

How lovely! Right?

Well, some parents were less than thrilled about it. In fact, there were many negative comments that came in about the decision.

During a school board meeting, one parent stated, “Sorry, but I believe that there are still two genders, a male and a female.” Another parent at the meeting added: “I think tradition stands for a queen that has a vagina, a king that has a penis and testicles.”

Congratulations to Kings High School 2021 Prom King and Queen, Annie Wise and Riley Loudermilk! #KingsStrong

Posted by Kings Local School District on Saturday, April 17, 2021

Besides adult figures, once the news went viral, haters began to spout their own negative emotions about it, too.

“This is wrong to OK this in a school setting,” one person wrote. “Stop pushing all thisi crap on our kids. Let them live a normal life.”

“This is the sickest thing I’ve ever heard,” another said. “These are just kids and to think their parents are allowing this is more than I can grasp in my mind.”

However, there was also plenty of support for these two.

“Good on them, good to see people being accepted for who they are, not who we expect them to be,” someone wrote.”

“Leave people along and let them be happy,” another said. “I’m glad they won. Congrats to them both. Absolutely beautiful.” A community relations coordinator for the school district, Dawn Goulding, drew the line, in an attempt to limit the negative feedback: “This is solely a Kings High School senior class nominated and voted-on initiative,” she said.

What are your thoughts on an LGBTQ couple being nominated for prom king and queen?