Evan Bialosuknia has something to celebrate. The 17-year-old high school student became the first transgender homecoming queen earlier this week at her Orlando high school. A photo of her in her gold homecoming dress and Queen sash went viral on Instagram.
She titled her post, “made history.”
Bialosuknia never thought she would be made homecoming queen when she put down her name for homecoming court. The high school student was worried that her fellow classmates would treat the whole thing as a joke.
“It made me feel like I actually belonged,” Bialosuknia said. “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?’”
Instead of laughing like Bialosuknia feared, students at Olympia High School supported her and elected her to homecoming court and later as their Queen. She was crowned Queen on the football field during the homecoming game, and she said that the homecoming King made her feel great. He treated her like any other girl.
“There’s only good energy (from him), just a great person. He just made me feel like any other girl,” the 17-year-old said.
Her post on Instagram has been liked by over 700 users and many of the comments are from her fellow classmates who wanted to reach out and say how beautiful she looked and how proud of her they are.
One user commented, “absolutely breathtaking, I’m so proud of you, you looked amazing!!”
The 17-year-old started her transition just a couple months ago and told supporters that she still has a long way to go. Before she transitioned, she used to play on her high school football team. She said that during practices she would keep on looking at the cheerleaders because she wanted to be them.
She hopes that her homecoming win will inspire other transgender teens to be comfortable with living their authentic life. “It just made me realize I was not alone and don’t have to go through this alone,” Bialosuknia said.
Studies show that Generation Z is more accepting of transgender individuals and members of the LGBTQ+ community. About 48% of the generation said that allowing gay couples to get married is better for our society. This acceptance shows in other high schools who have decided to break the traditional ideas of homecoming Queen and King.
Last April, a lesbian couple was elected as prom Queen and Queen at their conservative high school in Ohio. The couple was celebrated online when a photo of them went viral. Many comments were from LGBT individuals who couldn’t be out during their prom.
In 2019, Brandon Allen was elected to his Tennessee high school’s homecoming royalty. Allen wore a gold gown for the occasion, and he was one of the first gay members of his school’s homecoming court. His school even used gender neutral terms for the court members instead of the traditional Queen and King.
2017 saw another trans teen elected on homecoming court. Stiles Zuschlag was elected homecoming king by his Maine high school. And in 2016, Leon High School elected their first lesbian monarchies to their homecoming court. It was the first time that an election like that happened in the school’s 185-year history.