Alex Blaze

Trans teen not allowed to be Homecoming King

Filed By Alex Blaze | September 27, 2010 5:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Living
Tags: homecoming king, Michigan, mona shores, oak reed, school

A trans teen was voted Homecoming King in Michigan but the school took away the title because he's enrolled officially as a girl. The competition for Homecoming King is objective and rigorous and it just wouldn't be fair to the other boys who were training for years for that title to watch it go to someone who doesn't have the right sheet of paper saying he's a boy.

Update: A Facebook group has formed for Oak.

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Interesting. I'll bet if Oak had run for homecoming queen and won that would have been messy too.

You are absolutely correct in that statement!

Yeah, somehow I doubt the school would have been happy with that result either.

Regan DuCasse | September 27, 2010 8:15 PM

Cute kid! Took gumption to run, despite having an unusual situation.
We have seen examples of trans and gay kid's peer groups in their schools being supportive for contests and elections like this.

This kid has a leader's heart, and the grown ups let him down. We've seen that too, where the kids showed more guts, compassion and sense than their elders.

I am so proud of this young man in his struggle against discrimination in his school district-- and of his amazing classmate allies. His Oak Is My King facebook group has nearly 2500 members, 1500 of them in the past five hours. Let's make it 10,000.

I would love to hear him tell his story here on TBP.