During Sand Creek High School’s Friday night football game, 16-year-old transgender student Scarlett Lenh was crowned 2014 homecoming princess by majority vote, reports Colorado Springs’ Gazette.com.
Lenh, born Andy Lenh, began “identifying” himself as a “female transgender” just this year, and only began dressing like a girl this week. But for Friday’s homecoming, he beat out three female candidates — two of whom were said to be “extremely supportive” (with the other reportedly “really upset”).
There was mixed reaction from parents and students, but the school stands behind the decision. A district representative released a statement:
The leaders at Sand Creek High School and in District 49 respect the decision of the Scorpion student body in electing their homecoming court. Our board policy sets the standard that we do not exclude any person from participating in any program or activity on the basis of gender identity and gender expression.
Lenh said one of his friends had suggested he run for homecoming princess but did not think he would be nominated. He said it was something he has been hoping for since becoming a freshman, and now that he won, he says, “It really matters to me.”