A Pennsylvania school board has refused to override school administrators in rejecting a transgender teen’s request to run for Homecoming King, but restricts the 17-year-old to consideration only as homecoming queen.
Richland High School senior Kasey Caron was born female but identifies as male. He was diagnosed in childhood as suffering from polycystic ovary system which causes females to produce high levels of testosterone and other male hormones. Caron’s driver’s license identifies him as a male.
Richland school administrators had previously ruled that Kasey could not run for homecoming king because of a Pennsylvania law that requires a person born female to be medically certified has having gender reassignment surgery, as well as a legal change of gender classification on the person’s birth certificate.
Caron was disappointed by the school board’s refusal to act and shared his feelings in an interview with Philadelphia TV station WCAU:
“I was again disappointed by the board … By not making a decision, they’re sweeping this problem under the rug.
“The reason I fought this so hard, is for the simple fact that it’s my right to run for king as much as it is anyone else’s. It shouldn’t even really be a fight.”
Kasey says that if he’s elected homecoming queen, he will make the best of it.
The Transgender Law Center has posted a petition on Change.org calling for Caron to be allowed to run for homecoming king.
School Board members claim they will revisit the matter at a future meeting but did not say when. The next regular board meeting is scheduled for October 7, two days after the homecoming game.
In comparison, Cassidy Lynn Campbell, 16-year-old transgender student at Marina High School in Huntington Beach, California, was crowned Homecoming Queen last week during a school ceremony. Campbell was born male but began taking hormone blockers and estrogen injections prescribed by an endocrinologist and made the transition to living as a girl.
Campbell was overcome at being chosen by her peers and told local reporters:
“I was so proud to win, not just for me but for everyone out there, I think it really shows the progression of the times.”
Here’s hoping Pennsylvania catches up with the times and recognizes all students regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.