Prom season is here: High school students across America have designed elaborate promposals, saved up their pennies and squeezed into formalwear for a magical evening of memory-making. And increasingly, proms have become inclusive of LGBT kids.
Below are heart-tugging photos of queer students and their friends and allies, all gussied up for the big night.
Indianapolis's North Central high school crowned 17-year-old Alan Belmont as their first-ever transgender prom king this year. He's pictured here with his girlfriend and prom date Anastacia Cohen.
"I wanted young kids at my school, who are trans or maybe gay or just coming into their identity, to know that being LGBT doesn’t have to be a cripple and that being LGBT is something that you should be proud of and you should represent,” Belmont told local news outlet Wish17.
I had an absolutely amazing time at prom tonight all because of the lovely lady with the button up shirt. Lucinda Isadora Zacarias, you have made me happier than I could ever say with the limitations the english language gives me. It's only been 11 months, but I can't wait to spend a lifetime with you. I love you more than anything, thank you for giving me the opportunity to take you to my final high school dance and my senior prom. #prom #promnight #lgbtpromnight @superchillgaynerd