Long before they graduate high school, young people are told for years that prom is the night to remember -- a night to feel special and "seen." But what if a teen defies the gender binary?
The answer for years has seemed to be be: conform or don't participate. Stories still emerge every year from high school proms steeped in "male" and "female" traditions, in which gender-nonconforming girls, for instance, are kept from wearing suits or transgender students are barred from running as prom kings or queens.
But the tide is turning. As MTV points out in a new feature It's Our Prom: A Night to De-Gender, prom can take on a different meaning: it's simply a night for youth to celebrate their own unique selves. And when it comes to gender-nonconforming folks, this approach can look uniquely fabulous.
Watch below as MTV invites 12 trans, nonbinary, and genderqueer young adults to re-imagine their prom nights and design their own gender-creative prom "dream looks." From grandma's vintage clip-on earrings, to sparkly beards, to tuxes with all the bells and whistles, prom will never be the same. And we wouldn't have it any other way.