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River Flanary, Arizona Teen, Wants To Win Prom Queen In Effort To Stand Up For LGBT Students

Posted: 04/17/2012 2:36 pm Updated: 04/17/2012 2:58 pm

River Flanary

An Arizona teen is crying foul after his high school barred him from running for prom queen.

As CBS 5 is reporting, McClintock High School student River Flanary, who says he is straight, claims he wants to run for queen in an effort to stand up "for those who maybe weren't bold enough to stand up before and maybe putting that courage in their hearts a little." By that, he says he means the school's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students.

"It's just about a perfect fitting dress and everyone says it looks flattering on me," Flanary, 17, said. "I jerry-rigged some rope to it so that it's not strapless and so it's compliant with the school dress code."

Not surprisingly, Flanary's idea seems to have divided the student body. And while the school district says he is disqualified, Flanary noted that he still plans to wear the dress to the event this coming Saturday.

It's not the first time that a student's challenge to the annual prom tradition has been met with resistance. Last month, Reuben Lack, a Georgia-based high school senior, claimed he was forcibly removed from his position as Alpharetta High School's Student Council president after he asked to eliminate the senior prom king and prom queen in favor of more gender-neutral titles as part of an effort to make the contest more accommodating to the school's LGBT students.

As Towleroad reports, however, a local judge saw evidence that Lack was an unsteady and unreliable officer.

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