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An openly gay high school student in Pennsylvania was voted prom king over the weekend, an honor he and his boyfriend followed up with their own private celebration.
While gay track athlete Craig Cassey had already decided he wouldn't be attending the prom with his boyfriend, Carl, because he didn't want to upset his mother, neither he nor the female friend he escorted to the event were expecting to hear their names called when it came time for the evening's crowning moment.
Craig wrote about his experience on his blog, Craig's Gay World:
"Winning prom king amongst a crew of 7 potential male candidates shows that my school is not only tolerant of openly gay students but is accepting! My good friend Molly won with me and we slow danced to cheers from all sides, congratulating us and urging us to kiss. Don't worry, we didn't. There were no shouts of "Homo," no negative remarks, just congratulations and "bro hugs" and pats on the back - truly a testament to my school's consistently improving climate."
The next day, Craig and Carl held their own "solo prom."
Following his graduation, Craig plans to attend Georgetown in the fall, where he will run track and continue writing his blog.
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