Transgender teen is denied his Homecoming King title

Posted on Sep 20, 2010 by Mary

Oak Reed is a high school senior in Mona Shores, Michigan. He's transgender -- like Adam from Degrassi, he was born biologically female.

But his classmates accept that he's a guy; in fact, he's even popular enough to have won Homecoming King at his school -- in a landslide. Think about how awesome that is, that the students at his school accept him and showed their overwhelming support for him. It warms my heart; I'm actually a little choked up just typing this.

But... here comes the bad news. The school administration invalidated his election because he is enrolled, on paper, as a female. Here's a news story about it; it says the school had been accommodating him as a male student in multiple ways -- letting him wear the male band uniform, the male graduation cap and gown. Teachers called him Oak and used male pronouns for him.

But when he posted a "vote for me for homecoming king" message on facebook, and the senior class went ahead and did so, the administration stepped in to invalidate their votes.

As Oak points out, it's not just him that they've disenfranchised. "It's the senior class that votes for their representative. What they did was taking away the voice of the senior class," he says.

Now there's a support page for him on facebook called "Oak Is My King," and students are planning to wear "Oak Is My King" T-shirts on October 1. Sadly, it's too late to get him his title back -- the homecoming dance already happened. But at least the support will mean something to him.

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