This Lesbian Couple Won Prom King and Queen: 'The Best Feeling'
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A lesbian couple won the titles of prom king and queen at their Ohio high school and some parents were up in arms over it.
Last month, 18-year-olds Annie Wise and Riley Loudermilk accepted their respective crowns at their school's, Kings High School in Kings Mill, Ohio, prom — making it the first time an LGBTQ couple won the titles in this district, according to CNN.
"I didn't think that we would've won because prom king and queen just seemed like a popularity thing," Loudermilk told the network. "It was definitely so exciting to know we had so many people who had supported us."
Wise added that the event was "super overwhelming," but also "the best feeling in the world, definitely something I'll never forget."
Kings High School is notably in a conservative area and at a school board meeting a week after the event, some parents pushed back about the couple's win. Hateful comments were also posted on Facebook.
A local Ohio news affiliate reported that one parent argued at the meeting: "I believe that there are still two genders, a male and a female." Loudermilk's mom, Traci, told the outlet that it made her "mad that adults were commenting on a high school dance," while Wise's mom, Jen Kirby said: "Some people, you're never going to change their mind. And you know what? That's OK too. People are allowed to believe and feel what they believe and feel."
As for Facebook, Loudermilk said that most of the negative commenters have been from grown adults who don't even live in the district and that she's been working on deleting them.
Despite the hate they've received, the duo feels proud of what they've accomplished and hope that they've paved the way for others in the community to follow in their footsteps. Wise told CNN: "Some people are saying that they're proud that their kids go to such an accepting school. 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."