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Transgender student in North Carolina nominated for homecoming king

Senior must raise most money for international charity to win
MATT COMER | QNotes
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Q NotesEast Mecklenburg senior Blake Brockington holds the fundraising box that will determine if he becomes homecoming king on Friday.

Q Notes
East Mecklenburg senior Blake Brockington holds the fundraising box that will determine if he becomes homecoming king on Friday.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A 17-year-old transgender high school senior in North Carolina has been nominated by his peers to run for homecoming king. The winner — whoever raises the most money for an international charity — will be crowned this Friday at a homecoming basketball game.

Blake Brockington, a senior at East Mecklenburg High School, says winning the homecoming king race would raise awareness and provide an example for other transgender youth, reports QNotes.

“I honestly feel like this is something I have to do,” says Brockington, noting few other transgender male students have had the opportunity.

Brockington says winning will mean the most for several younger transgender students he mentors, including a nine-year-old boy.

“He really looks up to me. That’s my heart,” Brockington says of his mentee. “He has support now and he will be able to avoid just about everything I’m going through and I don’t want him to ever have to be scared. I feel like if I do this, that’s one red flag for everybody to say, ‘Nobody should be scared to be themselves and everybody should have an equal opportunity to have an enjoyable high school experience.’”

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That’s an experience Brockington hasn’t had. He came out as transgender at the end of his sophomore year.

At home, his step-mother was receptive, but his father rejected the notion. At school, Brockington faced taunts, mostly from other boys, as well as a lack of understanding and education from some teachers and, even, some guidance counselors.

Brockington now lives in foster care and says life at school and elsewhere has gotten better. He’s staying focused on class work and extracurricular activities.

He plays rugby for a student club at the school and, when he turns 18, hopes to play for the Charlotte Royals, a local, LGBT-inclusive rugby team. Band, too, has kept him grounded, where he’s been a drum major for two years.

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44 more reader comments:

  1. Awwww!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 5:54pm
  2. Right on, Dude! Go for it!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 5:55pm
  3. That’s great!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 5:55pm
  4. yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay!!!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 5:55pm
  5. way awesome – congratulations!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 5:56pm
  6. My queen and I were the gay and transgender prom king and queen :-)

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 5:57pm
  7. Great!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 5:59pm
  8. Too sad we don’t have stuff like that in Germany.. I bet my BF and I would’ve won :D Anyways, congratz :)

    Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 6:06pm
  9. Love it

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 4:51am
  10. i wish him nothing but the best of luck!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 4:53am
  11. Love the septum piercing!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 4:53am
  12. I love my state ❤️

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 4:53am
  13. Good for him.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 4:55am
  14. Why is he in foster care?

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 4:59am
  15. Perhaps they need to learn this first “4 Love is patient, love is kind, it isn’t jealous, it doesn’t brag, it isn’t arrogant, 5 it isn’t rude, it doesn’t seek its own advantage, it isn’t irritable, it doesn’t keep a record of complaints, 6 it isn’t happy with injustice, but it is happy with the truth. 7 Love puts up with all things, trusts in all things, hopes for all things, endures all things.8 Love never fails. As for prophecies, they will be brought to an end. As for tongues, they will stop. As for knowledge, it will be brought to an end. 1 Corinthians 13 Verse 4 – 8

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 5:00am
  16. I love this! SO nice to see a good story for a change! :)

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 5:02am
  17. He could be in foster care for an array of reasons but transgendered kids have a hard time finding accepting homes.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 5:02am
  18. that's heart breaking! I'd foster/adopt them! :'(

    Replied on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 5:06am
  19. Saw him at the Philly Trans health conference. That boy has amazing strength to do what he does. For those asking why he is in Foster care, his parents or adoptive parents (I don’t remember everything about his story, bear with me) had kicked him out for being trans, when they mistaken him for being a lesbian because of his masculinity.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 5:06am
  20. Good going guy!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 5:07am
  21. Wow!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 5:10am
  22. omg what an absolute cutie

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 5:14am
  23. Awwwwwww~

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 5:26am
  24. I’m jealous! Regardless of why he’s in foster care (and there are good homes. My mom was in two great ones), he deserves the nomination. Way to go!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 5:33am
  25. GO NC

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 5:41am
  26. Good for him.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 5:57am
  27. I can day I’m proud to represent NC when beautiful things like this happen!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 6:10am
  28. <3

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 6:21am
  29. Yea.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 6:33am
  30. Very cute.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 6:57am
  31. Good luck!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 7:14am
  32. I’m so happy for him!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 7:48am
  33. Hope he Wins…

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 8:13am
  34. Good luck.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 10:11am
  35. that cool u go boy make US PROUD

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 1:26pm
  36. Love that his school requires charity instead of just a popularity contest.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 1:30pm
  37. Awesome! Kevina-Lorae’ Davis

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 1:46pm
  38. Awww yay

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 1:47pm
  39. Good Luck.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 2:25pm
  40. Well done x

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 3:42pm
  41. He’s cute :*

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 3:44pm
  42. You can donate via Time Out Youth at https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/timeoutyouth – just be sure to put #teamBlake in the Dedication box

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 4:17pm
  43. And hey Jay, I’m in and from NC. :)

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 4:17pm
  44. How wonderful!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 4:25pm