Evan Bialosuknia, born a biological male, made history last weekend as the first transgender homecoming queen to be chosen at Olympia High School in Orlando, Florida.
As evidence of where the American culture now stands as opposed to years past, Bialosuknia told local media outlets that the margin of victory was the greatest ever at Olympia for any homecoming queen. Cbsnews.com reported that, when it came time for the king and queen to be announced, Bialosuknia's mom, grandparents and best friend were in the stands cheering him on.
A story by Scottie Andrew of CNN.com read that Bialosuknia was nervous about being part of the homecoming court, but that "those fears faded" when he heard the uproarious applause when his name was called during his high school's homecoming game in late September.
The story went on to say that "the 17-year-old high school senior started campaigning on social media, putting it out to his classmates that his wanted to win the title.: The story also said the school's Gay-Straight Alliance also helped his campaign, messaging club members and encouraging them to vote for the school's first trans homecoming queen.
Since his coronation, Bialosuknia has received several messages of support, but also hateful messages as well.
A 2019 study from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention estimated that just under 2% of US high school students are trans, and that trans students are more likely than students who embrace their biological gender to experience violent harassment and risk of suicide.
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