Story by Ross Forman, courtesy Windy City Times:
Ola Wolan planned for her senior prom at Lane Tech High School all school year—because she wanted to wear a tuxedo, not a dress. She researched how much the tux rental fee would be ($100) and planned accordingly.
And as the school’s prom—held Saturday night, June 8, at the Hyatt-Regency Hotel in downtown Chicago—rapidly approached, the out lesbian opted to run for Prom King, not Prom Queen.
“Honestly, I don’t fit the gender stereotypes of a girl and I’m not trans[gender]; I know who I am and wouldn’t feel comfortable winning ‘Queen’ and then having to dance with a boy,” Wolan said. “So I just thought, why not break gender expectations and stereotypes and run for ‘King.’”
In fact, her initial plan was to run for King, while a gay male student was going to run for queen—and that plan was OK’d by the school, but he was not on the ballot at first.