This week read about Joshua Bassett coming out as queer, the people of Bangor, Wales electing a non-binary mayor, and Ohio selecting a lesbian prom king and queen.
Disney Star Joshua Bassett Comes Out as Queer
“High School Musical: The Musical: The Series” star Joshua Bassett came out as queer during an interview posted on YouTube.
“I think he’s a nice guy,” Bassett said about Harry Styles during the interview. “He’s just cool. Who doesn’t think Harry Styles is cool? Also, he’s hot, you know? He’s very charming too. Lots of things.”
After this statement, he came out.
“This is also my coming out video, I guess,” Bassett said.
He reiterated his coming out on social media as well.
“Love who you love shamelessly,” Bassett said in a statement on Twitter. “It’s ok to still be figuring out who you are.”
Owen Hurcum Becomes World’s First Non-Binary Mayor
Owen Hurcum. Photo via Twitter.
The people of Bangor, Wales, elected Owen Hurcum as their mayor recently. Hurcum is making history as the world’s first non-binary mayor at only 23 years old.
“When I came out two years ago I was so worried I’d be ostracized by my community or worse,” they said on Twitter. “Today my community elected me Mayor of our great City. The youngest ever Mayor in Wales. The first-ever openly Non-Binary Mayor of any city anywhere.”
Hurcum previously worked as a local councilor and deputy mayor in Wales.
News of their election spread fast and received plenty of positive feedback.
“Good for Bangor, good for Wales and good for Owen. Before we’re gay / straight / other, male/ female / other, black / white / other we’re all just people. This has made me very happy this morning. Acceptance. Inclusion. Normalcy,” one Twitter user wrote.
Lesbian Prom Queen and King Crowned in Ohio
Photo via The Kings Local School District, Facebook.
A lesbian couple in Kings Mill, Ohio, broke barriers during their prom when they were crowned prom king and queen this year.
Annie Wise and Riley Loudermilk were surprised when their names were called, but were appreciative of the support.
“I didn’t think that we would’ve won because prom king and queen just seemed like a popularity thing,” Loudermilk said. “It was definitely so exciting to know we had so many people who had supported us.”
The couple made an impact within the student body when they were selected as prom king and queen.
“There are some students that have told me that they’re comfortable being gay at Kings and they’re more comfortable with themselves now that they feel they have an accepting and supportive student body behind them,” Wise said.
Each week ‘Beyond the G’ looks at news featuring the many letters of our LGBTQIA+ spectrum.