The Hudson High School prom made history over the weekend by electing openly gay best friends, Charlie Ferrusi and Timmy Howard, prom king and queen. And they won by a landslide. If fact, the margin was so wide, that there were no runners up.
The two started thinking about running for prom king and queen a little more than a month ago, and while they faced some opposition, many more students approved of the idea.
Timmy Howard says: "It’s a really big step for Hudson but also for the gay community in general. To have this happen in our city is pretty exciting.”
Quite a change from 2008, when Augie Abatecola ran and won the race for Hudson prom queen but was denied the crown by school officials. But Ferrusi and Howard decided to run their plan by advisors and Principal Steven Spicer beforehand, and were told that school officials wouldn’t interfere with the student body’s vote and gave the boys their blessing.
“We’re proud of all our students,” Principal Spicer said after the prom. “They know they have the right to pick whoever they want. It was exciting for them and it was exciting for Charlie and Tim.”
One of the hardest parts of the experience, Ferrusi and Howard said, was deciding who would run for king and who would be queen.
I don't think it matters. They're both queens who are kings.
The crowning of Ferrusi and Howard as prom king and queen couldn't come at a better time, as Hudson will hold its first ever gay pride parade on Sunday, June 20. The boys said they plan on riding down Warren Street in the back of a truck with their crowns and homemade sashes.
The event’s head organizer, well-known drag queen Trixi Star, said what the two young men accomplished at the prom is bigger than the boys may even realize.
"It's a brave new world," Star said. “It’s a brave new Hudson.”