This is the year of transgender teens sweeping homecoming courts! Mel Gonzales, a transgender student at Austin High in Sugar Land, Texas, was crowned Homecoming King last week. Gonzales told Project Q Houston that winning the crown proves acceptance is growing for people who identify “outside of the gender binary.”
Gonzales had written a message for his classmates on social media that said:
“I never wanted to make it as (homecoming king) a popularity contest. Rather, I wanted to prove that an openly transgender male could make court. I don’t want to be just your homecoming king — I want to be your female-to-male homecoming king.
“It may not be a big deal to you, but this is for my LGBT community, for my Gay-Straight Alliance, and for my underdogs who don’t get enough representation. You are capable, so always keep at it.”
How come kids understand this stuff way better than adults?!?!