This week read about a school in Ohio selecting its first lesbian prom king and queen, and Virginia's governor launching its own LGBTQ advisory board.
Ohio School Elects First Lesbian Prom King and Queen
Kings Local School District congratulated its first queer couple to win Prom King and Queen at Kings High School last month.
Eighteen-year-olds Riley Loudermilk and Annie Wise have known each other since the third grade, and told NBC Out News that they were surprised to find out they were chosen by their peers to hold the coveted titles, but also described the moment as unforgettable.
“It took me forever to find this suit that I wore, because there’s like no tuxedos for girls in all of Southwest Ohio,” Loudermilk told NBC, “but the response that I got from it is amazing.”
When parents complained to the school district about the prom king not being male, the school district considered it a non-issue.
Dawn Goulding, a community relations coordinator for the school district, told WLWT, "This is solely a Kings High School senior class nominated and voted on the initiative."
Virginia Governor Establishes LGBTQ Advisory Board
Gov. Ralph Northam. Photo via Facebook.
Gov. Ralph Northam has signed a bill into law making Virginia the first state in the South to have its own state-wide LGBTQ advisory board.
The purpose of the advisory board is to “advise the governor regarding the economic, professional, cultural, educational, and governmental links between the Commonwealth and the LGBTQ+ community in Virginia,” according to the bill summary.
The board will total 26 members, consisting of 21 non-legislative citizens, at least 15 of whom shall identify as LGBT, to be appointed by the governor for staggered terms. The other five spots are seated by secretaries of the governor’s cabinet.
Del. Alfonso Lopez (D-Arlington) sponsored the bill in the House and told the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “We’ve seen a sea change in how this state treats and serves LGBTQ+ communities. I think we are beginning to recognize the rich tapestry not only of what Virginian is becoming but has become.”
The committee could start operating as early as July 1.