Transgender teenager crowned homecoming queen at California high school
A high school in California has crowned a transgender teenager their homecoming queen.
Karl Cruz, 18, was voted for by fellow students at the Sweetwater Union High School.
Speaking to ABC News, Cruz said: “Everyone started cheering for me. I didn’t really expect that from anyone.
“After the fireworks, I just started crying my eyes out.”
The school principal said she was proud of the school being a safe environment for LGBT+ students.
“I can’t say I was surprised. Every single student should be accepted for who they are. They’re all wonderful human beings that are here to learn,” Principal Maribel Gavin said.
Earlier this year, a study found there are four times more transgender teenagers in the US than previously thought, according to an analysis of a 2016 survey of nearly 81,000 teens in Minnesota.
Nearly three percent of all 13 to 17-year-olds are trans or gender nonconforming, the results suggested.
It found that almost 2,200 identified as trans, which includes terms such as non-binary, gender nonconforming and genderfluid.
That works out at 2.7 percent of teens, around four times more than the 0.7 percent figure which a UCLA study found last year.
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