This morning I was out of the house early - early as in the street lights were still on, blah - to go volunteer at my sons' school. On the drive there I was flipping through the radio stations - me, myself, and I - no, my older son was not there to dominate the dials. I had regained control!! I came across a morning talk show that was discussing the case of the Florida boy who has been given permission to run for Homecoming Queen.
Okay, so what's the big deal? I figured he is either transgender or just a high school boy who wants to make some kind of statement. But after listening to the debate between the deejays and several callers, I have changed my stance on the situation.
For those of you who don't know, this is the gist of the story. After being nominated by a fellow student, the school granted the boy permission to run as Homecoming Queen. According to news reports I've seen and read, there is no comment as to the boy's sexual orientation. Most students seem to be supporting the decision to allow him to run, but parents have mixed feelings. (Click Here for News Coverage)
There are some statements that may imply he is homosexual or transgender, but without anyone coming out (no pun) and saying it. All the images shown of the boy are him dressed as a boy. And, if he identifies with being a boy, straight or gay, he should have just run for King. No one is saying that this is a transgender boy who typically dresses and identifies with being a female. IF that is the case, then it's a no-brainer, case closed.
So, for me, this seems more like an issue of gender equality. If he wins (and he could very well because he seems well-liked and popular,) it leaves the girls unrepresented. There will be a boy in both the King and Queen title leaving the girls out in the cold altogether. That doesn't seem fair. From what I remember, this is quite the BIG deal for many high school students. Excluding the entire female population doesn't seem right. Other opponents of the decision feel that if he were to win, he will also steal the thunder from the other boy who wins as Homecoming King - ah, good point!
I don't know, it's a tough call. I'm not sure if this is just an example of political-correctness gone overboard. I do wish I knew a little more about the reason why he wanted to run for Queen and not King. Someone should have interviewed the female candidates so we'd know if they actually do feel slighted. The winner is announced tonight, so guess we'll see soon enough how this story plays out!
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