A trans teenager has finally felt like she “actually belongs” after being elected homecoming queen at her high school in Orlando, Florida.
Evan Bialosuknia made history at Olympia High School as her fellow students overwhelmingly elected her to be their homecoming queen.
“Made history,” the teen wrote on Instagram earlier this week, proudly showing off her sash which reads, “Homecoming Court 2021”, alongside her crown and her main accessory: the homecoming king wrapped around her arm.
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“I wanted to have that moment of glory,” the 17-year-old told WESH2, an NBC affiliate based in Orlando.
“It made me feel like I actually belonged. Not just like a joke, ’cause that was one of my fears.
“I was in bed one night like: ‘What if they were just doing this to laugh at me?'”
Trans homecoming queen says win ‘made me realise I am not alone’
But instead of her fears, her dreams became a reality as she was triumphantly elected last week.
Bialosuknia was crowned queen on the school’s football field alongside the homecoming king, whom she said has made her feel “like any other girl”.
“I just made me realise I was not alone,” she added, “and don’t have to go through this alone.”
“Looking back, it doesn’t even feel like me,” she said as she gazed at old photographs of herself before she transitioned earlier in 2021.
“I played football for like six to eight years, and I remember during practices I would stare at the cheerleaders because I wanted to be with them.”
Wins such as Bialosuknia’s are a stunning repudiation of the wave of anti-trans legislation that clogged up statehouses earlier this year.
Among them was her own home state of Florida, where governor and top Trump ally Ron DeSantis took aim at trans Floridians for no real reason other than hate.
He vowed to ban gender-affirmation healthcare for trans youth – despite openly admitting he “didn’t know” the treatments existed “until a few years ago”.