Watch: Ohio Lesbian Couple Crowned High School Prom King and Queen, Some Parents Take Issue

by Emell Adolphus

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Wednesday May 5, 2021
Originally published on May 3, 2021

Riley Loudermilk, left and Annie Wise, right.
Riley Loudermilk, left and Annie Wise, right.  (Source:Instagram / @riley.loudermilk)

Ohio high school seniors Annie Wise and girlfriend Riley Loudermilk have been crowned high school royalty after their class voted them prom king and queen but some parents are taking issue.

As reported by NBC News, the couple have known each other since the third grade, and they are the first queer couple to be elected prom king and queen in their city's Kings Local School District.

"They knew their friends were voting for them for prom court at Kings High School in Kings Mills, Ohio, but they didn't think they had a chance of winning," NBC reports.

"It was so cool — it was like loud screaming, lots of tears," prom king Wise told NBC. "I do hope it kind of just helps people realize that it's OK to come out."

She added: "It took me forever to find this suit that I wore, because there's like no tuxes for girls in all of Southwest Ohio. But the response that I got from it is amazing. I've gotten people from our school saying that they're more comfortable being gay at Kings. It made it all worth it."

For a distinction that is generally a big popularity contest, the couple was pleasantly surprised by how much the school celebrated their love.

"Usually prom king and queen is like a popularity contest, and neither of us are really on that popularity spectrum," Loudermilk said.

With the sweet public moment, it wasn't without its sour comments.

"Sorry, but I believe that there are still two genders, a male and a female," one parent commented, according to WLWT5. But the school stood by and stood up for the couple, and the girls could not have been more proud.

"This is solely a Kings High School senior class nominated and voted-on initiative," Dawn Goulding, a community relations coordinator for the school district, told WLWT5.

"There was a lot going on, but it's something I'll never forget. It was amazing," Wise said.

Watch WLWT report by clicking here.