Fresno High School senior Cinthia Covarrubias is believed to be the first transgender student to run for prom king:
“School officials this week added the 17-year-old’s name to the ballot for prom king, reversing a previous district protocol that allowed only males to run for king and females for prom queen.
Gay youth advocates called it a landmark victory for campus gender expression and said they believe it’s the first time in the U.S. that an openly transgender student has run for prom royalty.”
Covarrubias didn’t make the cut when the winner was announced on Saturday, but achieved far more by running. “I’m happy I actually made a difference about changing the law and the policy so you can run for your choice,” said Covarrubias.
You’re a king to us, Cinthia!
RANDOM UPDATE: I couldn’t help it; the lovely Feministing contributor Gwen Beetham pointed out a line in the article that I would have to deem the Ignorant-Ass-of-the-Week quote (which also made me laugh out loud): “I like lesbians, but they shouldn’t be allowed to run for king,” said senior Erich Logan, 18. Classic.