A trans student in North Carolina has been nominated to be his school’s homecoming king.
Blake Brockington, 17, has been nominated at East Mecklenburg High School, in Charlotte.
If successful, he will be the first ever known transgender homecoming king in the US.
QNotes reports that Brockington, who lives in foster care, mentors several younger trans children, and says he wants to win for a nine-year-old trans boy he looks after.
He said: “He really looks up to me. That’s my heart. He has support now and he will be able to avoid just about everything I’m going through and I don’t want him to ever have to be scared.
“I feel like if I do this, that’s one red flag for everybody to say ‘Nobody should be scared to be themselves and everybody should have an equal opportunity to have an enjoyable high school experience’.”
Brockington had a hard time with bullies at school after he transitioned.
He said: “It was pretty black and white; there was no grey area. It was either they were really supportive or really not supportive, and it’s still like that.”
The results of the election will be announced on Friday.