Tapping into the queer Zeitgeist as he so often does, James St. James has his Freak Show protagonist, the flamboyantly gay high-school student Billy Bloom, campaign for the title of Prom Queen. The young-adult novel was two years in the making, but just the other day we learned that Fresno High School student Cinthia Covarrubias, 17, who considers herself transgender and often goes by the name Tony, traded her Vans and baggy shorts for a black tuxedo and spit-shined shoes Saturday when she joined the other boys nominated by her classmates for Prom King. (Source)
Covarrubias’ peers, however, elected one of her six male competitors, Dan Abril, as prom king on Saturday at an outdoor reception hall festooned with Chinese lanterns Saturday night, Fresno Unified School District spokeswoman Susan Bedi said. School officials did not announce runners up, or the number of votes received by any candidate. Supporters still hailed Covarrubias’ campaign as a major victory for gender expression on campus.
St. James’ Freak Show sashays into book stores May 17.