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Utah High School crowns transgender Prom Queen

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A crowd of Utah high school students watched as their transgender fellow classmate was crowned prom queen.


Maka Brown, 18 and a senior at Salt Lake School for Performing Arts, accepted her crown on Saturday night after being voted upon by her peers, many of whom first knew her as a boy.


“She started that school about the same time that she transitioned,” Maka’s mother, Toni Brown, told ABC News. “There were definite challenges. She’s a dancer so there were challenges in dance classes in terms of casting





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Being from Utah, I'm amazed at the changes over the past 5 years. Gay acceptance, transgender awareness, and non-discrimination has really changed. I attribute a lot of this change to Jim Dabakis (an openly gay legislator). For several years he's done a lot of behind-the-scenes negotiating with a variety of groups (including the Mormon Church). I firmly believe a lot of the changes in Utah are a result of his work, his openness, and his bridge-building talents.


So proud that things in Utah are changing for the better.


Congrats Maka on this wonderful honor!!!

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