Texas Transgender Student Crowned Homecoming King

Mel Gonzales, a female-to-male transgender student attending Stephen F. Austin High School in Sugar Land, Texas, was crowned Homecoming King last Friday, September 12th.

Gonzales told Project Q Houston that his winning the crown proves that acceptance is growing for those who are not heterosexual, as well as those people who live life “outside of the gender binary.”

Just a few short days before it was announced he was the winner, Gonzales wrote a message for his classmates on the popular social media site Facebook which read:

“I never wanted to make it a popularity contest. Rather, I wanted to prove that an openly transgender male could make court. I don’t want to be just your homecoming king — I want to be your female-to-male homecoming king.

“It make not be a big deal to you, but this is for my LGBT community, for my Gay-Straight Alliance, and for my underdogs who don’t get enough representation. You are capable, so always keep at it.”

Gonzales is a 17-year-old senior who was born in Houston and later relocated to Sugar Land. He began hormone therapy treatments at age 15.

Mel offers some advise for anyone feeling like they are stuck in a rut. He quotes Robert Fritz: “If you limit your choices only to what seems possible or reasonable, you disconnect yourself from what you truly want, and all that’s left is a compromise.”

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