A transgender high school student who said she “worked so hard to be comfortable” with herself and planned to challenge herself by running for homecoming queen was initially told by her principal that she wasn’t allowed. However, after a successful petition, Marquis Monroe has the same chance as every other girl in school to claim the homecoming crown.
The Fayetteville, N.C., senior shared on Twitter that she planned to run for homecoming queen, and felt supported by her peers at school, but she was disappointed to find out her principal would not allow it — and he didn’t offer her an explanation as to why.
I’ve worked so hard to be comfortable with myself through my #jbhs career. This year I challenged myself to run for #HOCO #queen and got support form everyone at school except for my principal who said I’m not allowed,w no explanation why
RT 4 #justice pic.twitter.com/INOx3YGykY
— Marquis Monroe (@Marquismonroee) October 2, 2018
“I know I was born male, but I identify as female more than male so for me to go on stage and run as homecoming king, that would make me just feel uncomfortable and I feel it would make other people feel uncomfortable seeing me trying to be a king when I’m obviously a queen,” Monroe told ABC 13.
However, perhaps because of a successful petition showing support from other students, or possibly because of the social media attention she garnered, the principal has changed his mind.
Cumberland County Schools released the following statement: “The Cumberland County Schools (CCS) values the diversity of students and strives to create a safe, welcoming environment to support student learning and provide equal access to educational programs and activities. Yesterday, a student requested to participate in the homecoming court based on their chosen gender preference. The principal initially said no, but upon further consideration, he is prepared to support the student’s request to participate, subject to parental approval, which is required for all participants.”
— Marquis Monroe (@Marquismonroee) October 4, 2018
After a chat with her mother, Marquis announced on Instagram that she would be running.
I wish I could thank everyone personally for all the support because of how much this means to me! But thank you guys so much for helping me to bring awareness to this issue that happened a lot and gets little recognition it means everything to me #marquis4hoco #voteformarquis
A post shared by Marquis Monroe♡ (@marquismonroe) on Oct 3, 2018 at 3:14pm PDT
“It helps me to know, OK this is how people see me, the way I see myself instead of just this guy walking around the street wearing makeup,” Monroe told ABC 13. “People look at me like I’m beautiful, like I’m a human being, like everyone else.”
According to the students, the homecoming queen will be crowned next weekend.
Marquis Monroe did not immediately respond to Yahoo Lifestyle’s requests for comment.
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