Having people that supported me as I came out as bisexual really helped and made a difference in my life. It does get better. It was really hard but I made sure that I surrounded myself with people that I knew I could trust. I want to take this opportunity to spread that message that you should say thank you to every person that helped you and I love you to every person that you love because life is too short to be wasting any breaths and you never know how much time you have with that special person. It has gotten better, but I would have never made it by myself.— Ellie L. (Baltimore, MD)
East Mecklenburg High School in Charlotte, North Carolina made history this weekend when they crowned the nation’s first black and transgender homecoming king.
17-year-old Blake Brockington won over the 13 seniors vying for the title, raising the most money for the school’s chosen charity, Mothering Across Continents. He’s currently living with foster parents because his father doesn’t accept his transgender status, but he says he uses his experiences to mentor other trans youth.
Brockington thanked his supporters, and says he wants to inspire students to never give up on their dream.
"They can be themselves regardless of what anybody else says. Even though you go through some things and have some negative encounters in your life, anything is possible. You can do anything you set your heart to," said Brockington.
As to what the newly crowned king’s future plans are? Brockington is headed to the University of North Carolina Charlotte in the fall, and plans to continue playing rugby and mentoring young trans students.
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