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A transgender homecoming king in North Carolina.A transgender teen in North Carolina was crowned homecoming king of his high school, reports local station WCNC.

‘Throughout my life I haven’t always been treated equally as a male, so I’ve always wanted this and everybody has told me I couldn’t do it. “You are a girl,” even though I’ve always identified myself as a male,’ said Brockington.

There were 13 seniors vying for the coveted title as king. Brockington won, collecting the most money for the school’s chosen charity, Mothering Across Continents. It’s a non-profit organization that funds the building of schools in the Sudan.

Brockington is no stranger to adversity. He says he is living with foster parents because his father is unable to accept his gender identity. His foster parent, Donald Smith, told NBC Charlotte Brockington has the perseverance to overcome the challenges he faces.


Teacher Bill Allen is the student advisor for the Gay-Straight Alliance on campus. … ‘Our young people understand we are all different. We have all races, genders and religious backgrounds. We have kids representing 30-40 languages in this school and people learn to accept each other as they are, and I think this is an example of what is going to be happening in North Carolina,’ he said.

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Kit O’Connell is a gonzo journalist and radical troublemaker from Austin, Texas. He is the Associate Editor and Community Manager of Shadowproof. Kit's investigative journalism has appeared in Truthout, MintPress News and