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Transgender student makes history on prom night

Just about every girl growing up dreams of being prom queen.

Andrew Viveros, who had his wish become a reality when he was crowned McFatter High School's prom queen Friday night.

So did Andrew Viveros, who had his wish become a reality when he was crowned McFatter High School's prom queen Friday night.

Viveros, who for the past two years has gone by the name Andii, is a transgender who fought to get his name on the prom queen ballot. He is the first transgender to be named prom queen at a public school in the United States.

"I was in shock," Viveros said. "I was just smiling."

Viveros received the most votes over 14 girls for the coveted title at the Davie, Fla., technical school.

A few students didn't think Viveros should have been allowed to compete for the title and started a petition to get his name off the ballot for prom queen. Viveros, who is also president of the school's Gay-Straight Alliance, wrote a speech to explain why he had a right to run.

"Why would I run for prom king? I'll have to wear a tux, which I'm not going to do," Viveros said. "I'm going to wear an evening gown."

The prom king, Juan Macias, is also a member of the Gay-Straight Alliance.

Viveros' parents were also proud of their child's accomplishment.

He's my child and I'm going to love him no matter what," Viveros' mom, Bernadette Viveros said.

Now, Andii hopes his crown and sash helps pave the way for other teens like him.

"It can open up doors for others who don't have a lot of encouragement," Viveros said.

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