Omar Bonilla's dream of being prom queen came true this weekend, but not exactly as planned -- and with a price. He can no longer live at home, he says.
Dressed in his drag persona as Allison Rodriguez, Bonilla became queen of the Pridelines Youth Services gay prom Saturday night at Florida International University's Biscayne Bay Campus.
``I was really happy about it. I always wanted to win for prom queen,'' Bonilla said Sunday. ``I felt accepted in many ways.''
Last month, Bonilla ran for prom queen at Flanagan High in Pembroke Pines. After he ranked among the top three vote-getters, school officials told the 19-year-old they worried for his safety and that he couldn't wear a blue sequin gown to the prom. Flanagan on Thursday suspended Bonilla for two days after he parked in a visitor spot, effectively barring him from Friday's prom.
Bonilla's friends contacted the media and his story made headlines in print, TV and online.
Saturday morning, Pridelines publicist Richard Murry invited Bonilla to the gay prom.
``He was extremely excited,'' Murry said. ``He even said that getting to go to a gay prom was even better than getting to go to his own high school prom.''
Dressed in drag, Bonilla attended the Pridelines party -- along with 250 other youths from Miami-Dade and Broward counties -- and won the prom queen title.
The school flap and resulting publicity helped Bonilla achieve his dream, but it also cost him: his parents on Sunday told him to turn in his keys and leave home, he says. His parents couldn't be reached for comment.
``I got all my belongings in the car,'' he said.
Bonilla said he would stay with friends overnight and that he hoped to live with relatives.