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Prom Queen Crowned, Then Disowned

Gay high school student gets his wish, then the boot by his parents



    Prom Queen Crowned, Then Disowned
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    SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 01: Drag queen Summer Salt looks in a rear view mirror on her way to rehersals for the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras after party on March 1, 2008 in Sydney, Australia. This year marks the 30th Anniversary of the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras festival which originally began as a protest march but is now a celebration of the pride and diversity within the community. (Photo by Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)

    Prom will be a night Omar Bonilla will remember for several reasons.

    The gay Flanagan High School senior who was suspended by the school before the prom because he wanted to wear a dress got a chance to participate in a different kind of prom on Saturday night.

    Not only was he the special invited guest of Pridelines Youth Services gay prom at Florida International University's Biscayne Bay Campus, but he also was name prom "queen," reports the Miami Herald.

    But all the publicity came at a costly price. Bonilla, 19, was disowned by his family right after the dance.

    His parents apparently didn't like the fact that Bonilla dressed in drag (a blue sequined dress with the back cut out) and was referred to by his feminine alter ego, Allison Rodriguez, at the prom.

    About 300 other gay and lesbian teens attended the prom instead of their high school's more traditional style.

    Was going to prom worth losing his family?

    "I was really happy about it. I always wanted to win for prom queen," Bonilla said. "I felt accepted in many ways."