- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 29, 2016

A “non-binary” boy being crowned prom queen has ruffled some feathers at a New York City high school.

Matthew Crisson, who identifies as neither male nor female, was named this year’s prom queen at Fiorello H. La Guardia High School in New York City — the school that inspired the 1980 movie and television series “Fame.”

“I had always struggled with social anxiety and reaching for things I really want,” the 18-year-old told a local Fox News affiliate. “Being prom queen was the first time I stepped out of my comfort zone and proved to myself that I have courage, and I have strength, and I have confidence.”

But a boy was also named prom king of the school, and female classmates complained on social media that women were shut out of the tradition, The Daily Caller reported.

“It just sucks that men win everything and we thought we at least deserve that,” one girl said.

“I know I go to LaGuardia because a boy won prom queen,” another girl said on Facebook.

The latter comment was deleted after Mona Davids, a LaGuardia parent, notified the school and the Department of Education’s new LGBTQ community ­liaison, the New York Post reported.

“They were very catty and negative comments about something so wonderful and positive,” Ms. Davids said. “It was very alarming to me, considering what happened in Orlando and how these things can get out of hand.”

Prom king Kristion Matas responded to the backlash by defending Matthew.

“Its June of 2016 people are being terrorized for their gender, race and ethnicity. Trump is about to be our president! The price of jordans are ridiculous and the government has poisoned our water,” he wrote. “But yall arguing about prom king and queen. Yall bullying people on social media acting like animals but its ok though. God dont like ugly. Congratulations to Matthew Crisson on winning prom queen!! You deserve it.”

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