A high school in California just elected its first transgender homecoming queen.
Students at Sweetwater Union High School in National City chose Karl Cruz, 18, as their homecoming queen.
“Everyone started cheering for me. I didn’t really expect that from anyone,” she said. “After the fireworks, I just started crying my eyes out.”
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From being nominated, to being part of top 10 to being SUHI’s first Transgender Homecoming Queen has been such a crazy fun experience and I’m forever thankful for everyone who supported me throughout this journey. I wanna give special thanks to my family who supported me, to my friends who supported me all the way, they really put up with all my mental breakdowns, and they also helped me create my performance. They were just there for me thru thick and thin. I love you guys with all my heart. I also wanna give thanks to the teachers who helped me with everything despite me lacking because of the stress due to this journey. And lastly, I wanna say thank you to all the other candidates, I love you guys so much and you guys are all Queens and Kings in ur own way! No one really knows how stressful yet fun this journey is except for you guys and I’m glad to share that experience with y’all! Thanks to everyone again who supported me! Me and Jonathan finally changed SUHI’s history! #lovealwayswins #transisbeautiful ♥️🎉🏳️🌈
Cruz said that this is a sign of increasing LGBTQ acceptance, but she still hears negative comments.
“Every opinion is valid, but some opinions can be really harsh,” she said. “So I would just say, keep it to yourself. If you have nothing nice to say, then don’t say anything at all.”
Her principal is proud of the student body.
“I can’t say I was surprised,” Principal Maribel Gavin said. “They’re all wonderful human beings that are here to learn.”