Tuesday, 18 May 2021

Lesbian couple crowned prom king and queen sparking hateful backlash on Facebook

A lesbian couple have triggered strangers online by being voted prom king and queen.

Adults incensed by the idea of two female pupils being awarded the novel titles cited religion in their homophobic opposition to the result.

Annie Wise and girlfriend Riley Loudermilk, both 18, were surprised themselves to be voted prom royalty by their classmates at Kings High School in Ohio, US.

Riley told CNN: "I didn’t think that we would’ve won because prom king and queen just seemed like a popularity contest."

Kings Local School District shared a photo of the king and queen from the prom night, on Facebook last month and has since been commented on 2,400 times.

Although many of the comments were positive, one enraged woman blasted: "STUPID!!! God made us different for a reason. Women should NOT be with another woman, and a man should NOT be with another man. NASTY!!!!!!!!!"

"I think the tradition stands for a queen that has a vagina, a king has a penis and testicles. Period. That’s the way it should stand. That is the way that God has intended it to be," a second idiot fumed.

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Another angry Facebook user claimed the girls needed to get Jesus in their lives, The Sun reports.

The sea of discriminatory comments upset Riley's mum, who told WLWT: "It made me mad that adults were commenting on a high school dance."

Riley told CNN that the ugly remarks were being spouted from people who had no affiliation to the area and the school is understood to have been "working hard" to remove them from the Facebook post.

She believes she and her girlfriend of six months, Annie, are the first LGBTQ couple to have ever been voted prom king and queen in the school district.

For all the negative posts, positive comments have flooded in from across the globe on the school district's Facebook post.

One person wrote: "Congratulations from The Hague, The Netherlands. Even though it should be extraordinary only for you (and we are all very happy for you) it shouldn't be extraordinary for the rest of the world, but it still is. But you are part of the progress we're all making, so good for you !!"

Another distant supporter said: "Congratulations. Ignore people living in the dark ages. Lots of love from New Zealand."

Someone else added: "Congrats from Hong Kong! Stay proud of who you are!!!"

Dawn Goulding, a community relations coordinator for the school district, said: "This is a solely a Kings High School senior class nominated and voted-on initiative," according to WLWT5.

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