Two teenage girls from Pennsylvania have made history after their classmates voted to make them their high school’s first-ever same-sex prom queen couple.
Pennridge High School students Carly Levy and Courtney Steine told ABC 7 News that their friend, Delaney, had first come up with the idea of nominating them.
While Carly said becoming prom queen has been a “dream since I was a little girl”, Courtney said she was “always the nerd” and thought it would never happen.
“I wasn’t sure if Pennridge was going to allow it, because this region and this county can lean a little away from allowing that kind of thing to happen,” Carly said. “But I was so excited when I found out that it was.”
“I got her flowers to match my pink gown and she got me flowers too that matched her navy blue gown,” said Courtney.
After their coronation, the couple was happy to learn that they had received “the most votes, overwhelmingly.”
That their win happened during Pride month, Carly said, was the “cherry on top of everything”.
“[My sister] said one of her [co-workers] came over and said: ‘Your sister and her girlfriend made my kid who is gay feel safe and inspired for prom,’” Carly said.
“It gives me hope for so many students. Students who aren’t your typical prom king and queen,” Courtney added.
Sharing the news on Facebook, Courtney wrote: “Proud to announce that we are Pennridge’s first gay couple to win prom queens!
“Not only is this win exciting for us, but it’s exciting for our whole community… It’s so exciting to finally see some progress being made in the Pennridge community, and really goes to show how much progress we’ve made in even the last four years.”