(Photo credit: Dex Frier)
(Photo credit: Dex Frier)

Petition helps make transgender student’s prom royalty bid a reality

A transgender student who was blocked by his school from running for Prom King has won his fight.

Dex Frier’s story gained national attention after a Change.org petition, started by his supporters, gained over 31,000 signatures in days.

The petition was created in response to Johnson High School in Hall County, Georgia demanding that Dex’s name was removed on the school’s Prom King ballot or that he puts himself forward as Prom Queen instead.

Calling out Superintendent Will Schofield and pointing to the Hall County School District’s core beliefs, which called itself “the most caring place on earth”, the petition had caused upset at the way Frier was treated.

In a victorious win on March 23, 2019, Dex Frier was named one of two “Royal Knight” seniors at the Johnson High School Prom.

Dex’s friend, Sam Corbett, issued a statement in a petition update:

“The voting ballot was not divided on the lines of “King” or “Queen” as it had been in past years, rather, it was a list in which two students, regardless of gender, could be voted Prom Royalty.

“This plan was one of compromise on both sides, and we would like to thank the administration, both at the school and county level, for listening and welcoming our concerns—and most importantly, implementing a plan to address them. Of course, we would also like to thank each and every one of you for supporting us throughout this journey.

“It has been less than a week and the petition has been signed by more than 30,000 people across the globe. Not only is that number a symbol of the united support of human rights, but also a testament to the power of the individual.

“The people behind this petition are all normal high school students: we wake up each morning and conduct a typical school day just like millions of other students across the globe.

“We hope this petition has not only pushed society further towards human rights equality but also inspired someone to do the same for an issue in their community.”

Supporters are now being asked to contribute to a Gofundme campaign which will help assist Frier with the funds he needs to transition. The campaign hopes to raise $7,500.

Written by QWEERIST editor

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