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DANBURY, Conn. (AP) _ A 17-year-old senior boy named prom queen at Danbury High School says he’s making a point about gender labeling and discrimination.

Nasir Fleming won the title last week. He was nominated as both prom king and prom queen, but decided to be considered only for queen.

Fleming tells the News Times of Danbury  he’s been openly gay since sixth grade and has struggled with bullying.

He says he isn’t sure whether the students who submitted his name were making fun of his sexuality, but decided it was a good opportunity to make a point about the importance of being who you are.

“Either way, I’m still fabulous,” he told the newspaper.

He says students at the prom were supportive and erupted in cheers when he won.