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N.C. high school crowns transgender student Homecoming King

Saturday, February 8, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A 17-year-old senior at East Meck High School in North Carolina has become the state’s first transgender teen to be crowned Homecoming King.

The announcement was made during a halftime ceremony inside the school gym Friday night, reports WCNC-TV.

Blake Brockington received national attention earlier this following the nomination by his peers. He was among 13 seniors competing for the title.

Blake won by collecting the most money for the school’s chosen charity, Mothering Across Continents, a non-profit organization that funds the building of schools in the Sudan.

“Throughout my life I haven’t always been treated equally as a male, so I’ve always wanted this and everybody has told me I couldn’t do it. ‘You are a girl,’ even though I’ve always identified myself as a male,” said Blake.

Teacher Bill Allen, the student advisor for the school’s Gay-Straight Alliance, said East Meck is known as a school of diversity, and that Blake’s achievement is the first step in representing what many of the students believe.

WCNC-TV reports:

Blake says he plans to attend the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in the fall, and will continue his extracurricular activities, which includes mentoring transgender youth.

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41 more reader comments:

  1. I love seeing posts like this!

    Posted on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 8:51pm
  2. shouldn’t they get BOTH tittles??

    Posted on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 8:51pm
  3. No because transgender =/= both :) A person can be both but a trans man is a man, not bigender or anything like that Edit: Although I agree, he deserves all the awards!

    Replied on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 8:53pm
  4. Sigh it was a joke.

    Replied on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 8:55pm
  5. awesome

    Posted on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 8:51pm
  6. congrats…

    Posted on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 8:52pm
  7. Beautiful

    Posted on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 8:52pm
  8. Good for you!

    Posted on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 8:53pm
  9. Congratz Trans Bro! <3 Keep doing you Dude

    Posted on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 8:54pm
  10. he has achieved his dream to be crowned as a homecoming king, good for him

    Posted on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 8:55pm
  11. That’s so wonderful!

    Posted on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 8:55pm
  12. Yaaaaay!!

    Posted on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 8:56pm
  13. Awesome!!! I’m sooo happy to hear this!

    Posted on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 8:57pm
  14. Good to see the Tea Party hasn’t completely destroyed that state.

    Posted on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 8:57pm
  15. wonderful:)

    Posted on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 9:00pm
  16. thats awesome

    Posted on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 9:00pm
  17. That’s what’s up Charlotte.

    Posted on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 9:02pm
  18. Apparently the younger folks in NC are on the right track! :)

    Posted on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 9:02pm
  19. That is completely inappropriate to say John. No he should not get both titles, because he is male-identified. He is a guy, identifies as a guy, and therefore should not be crowned as anything other than the King.

    Posted on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 9:02pm
  20. This is wonderful.

    Posted on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 9:03pm
  21. Didn’t this happen months ago?

    Posted on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 9:04pm
  22. The obvious happiness of the student body when his name was announced was nearly as awesome as the joy on his face!

    Posted on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 9:04pm
  23. Wonderful

    Posted on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 9:06pm
  24. Now THIS is surprising! I live in Charlotte and I gotta say, East Meck at that?? Oh wait thats West Meck… Either way… WOOW

    Posted on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 9:11pm
  25. WOW K COOL

    Posted on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 9:14pm
  26. wat ti,go trans bro finally we get noticed n not judged for who we know we r deep inside proud to be lez

    Posted on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 9:15pm
  27. Go for it:-)!

    Posted on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 9:16pm
  28. well congrats!!

    Posted on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 9:16pm
  29. Way to go NC high school!!!

    Posted on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 9:18pm
  30. Nice!!!

    Posted on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 9:18pm
  31. Awesome!!

    Posted on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 9:19pm
  32. What a happy story! We are so proud of this young man!

    Posted on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 9:21pm
  33. good for him

    Posted on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 9:23pm
  34. What a lovely story. Congratulations, Blake! You deserve it!

    Posted on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 9:33pm
  35. Wootwoot! Yeah!

    Posted on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 9:34pm
  36. The world is finally changing , one Baby step at a time!

    Posted on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 9:38pm
  37. Nice to see something good:)

    Posted on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 9:41pm
  38. Precious acceptance. Love it <3

    Posted on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 9:47pm
  39. This puts a smile on my face. :)

    Posted on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 9:47pm
  40. That’s great! See, when it comes down to it, the young people in our country do the right thing. Not every time of course but it’s getting there. The old people and religious freaks will have a fit over this..which will accomplish absolutely nothing other then turning more of the younger generations against them.

    Posted on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 9:47pm
  41. Yay! <33 I hate my state a little less now.

    Posted on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 10:25pm