Blake Brockington, 17, was named East Mecklenburg High School’s first transgender homecoming king last Friday.
The crowning happened in the school gym in Charlotte, N.C. (video below).
“Throughout my life I haven’t always been treated equally as a male, so I’ve always wanted this and everybody has told me I couldn’t do it," Brockington told WCNC. "Even my peers have said, ‘You are a girl,’ even though I’ve always identified myself as a male."
Brockington lives with a foster family because his biological family recognizes him as a female based on his phenotype.
"I hope this makes everybody know that they can be themselves regardless of what anybody else says," Brockington explained to WBTV. "Even though you go through some things and you have some negative encounters in your life, anything's possible."
Donald Smith, Brockington’s foster father, told WCNC, “He really is hoping that it helps those behind him going through the same challenges and struggles.”