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Boo! Michigan School Robs Transgender Teen Of Homecoming Title!

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A young transgender teen in Michigan was stripped of his title as Homecoming King after the school decided he didn't "qualify."

The teen, who friends refer to as Oak, has until now felt the complete support of his choice to be transgender. Teachers use him or he when calling on Oak in class and he is permitted to wear a tuxedo while performing in the marching band. When he started his campaign on Facebook to be crowned homecoming king, the response was massive, the whole school rallying behind him.

But then, last Monday, the principal called Oak into her office to announced that all of his votes were "invalid" because he had enrolled in the school as a female. The district apparently feels that the choices for homecoming royalty should remain " a boy for king and a girl for queen."

Despite the ruling of the district, a wonderful thing happened to prove to Oak that he was worth of the title. His classmates started a Facebook group called "Oak Is My King" and people from around the school and world have joined to show their support. On October 1st, the group encourages students to wear shirts with the phrase "Oak Is My King" to prove to administrators that they made a mistake.

Check out the video above to learn more about Oak and his story!

He's got a lot of friends in his corner! He should really be thankful for that!

Equal rights for all!

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43 comments to “Boo! Michigan School Robs Transgender Teen Of Homecoming Title!”



  1. 1

    what is the name of this school?



  2. 2

    what is the name of the school?



  3. 3

    Disgusting! Gender and sex can be completely unrelated, and it's sad that this school refuses to accept that.



  4. 4

    Doesn't transgender mean someone after they have had a sex change operation? Has Oak had this operation? If not, Oak is simply in male drag. I'm a gay male and do not consider being homecoming king or queen a civil right.



  5. 5

    Awesome to see kids standing behind him. And it's sad to see the adults encourage outcasting the youngs who are different.



  6. 6

    Really it has come to this now? the gays have to take everything away from other people?? I'm getting tired of people using their sexual preference to make a point if you are boy going for miss universe we have to let him compete because he acts like girl? and if we don't we are racist? Man what is this world has come too??



  7. 7

    Thank you so much Perez for sharing this story!!! Our school's name is Mona Shores High School. The local support here is huge for Oak! Thank you all again for your support!



  8. 8

    Re: dhc1977 – Mona Shores High School



  9. 9

    He should have switched his run to Queen then, so he can win that category and then they could have had two boys win the King and Queen…



  10. 10

    The administrators didn't make a mistake, they just followed the rules…which aren't AT ALL discriminatory. Girls try out for queen, boys for king. It's rude to the guys in the school who actually want the title. Y can't oak run for QUEEN and just be her/himself and wear a tux?

    I mean, no matter how bad I wanna use a urinal, it's not a discriminatory act that they aren't made for use.



  11. 11

    Re: Wild-Guitar – No, thats a common misconception. Transgender refers to being born one sex, but identifying as the other. Whether the person actually has gender reassignment surgery is not relevant. Gender and sexuality are two different issues.



  12. 12

    Re: dhc1977 – It is Mona Shores High School



  13. 13

    WHY DO YOU PEOPLE ALWAYS WANT THE RULES CHANGED FOR WHAT YOU THINK IS RIGHT?? THIS "HE" IS A FEMALE, NO MATTER WHAT IT CALLS ITSELF, OR HOW IT DRESSES. IF SHE WANTS TO PLAY DRESS UP, THAT'S HER BUSINESS, NOT THE SCHOOLS. IF SHE WANTS TO CALL HERSELF OAK, WHO CARES?? SHE IS A GIRL WITH A FUNNY NAME. UNTIL SHE CAN CHANGE HER X'S AND Y'S TO BE A MALE, SHE DON'T GET TO KING.



  14. 14

    We love Oak!



  15. 15

    Sounds like the kids spoke on who they wanted to be homecoming "king" and the administrators didn't listen, then bent the rules to accommodate themselves……..funny, sounds like our government……..



  16. 16

    I saw this on CNN yesterday. That school AND the principal should be ashamed of themselves. Countless stories keep emerging from the news of these poor kids killing themselves for being gay and bullied. Yet here's a story where a transgender child is so well-liked and popular that he wins arguably the most coveted title in high school — homecoming king. The school should praise its students for their open mindedness and love, rather than punish them with their own ignorance.



  17. 17

    Re: olivergray

    Hi! Thanks for the information! :)



  18. 18

    This is getting annoying…im all up for "peace and equality" but this is getting out of hand!…. This kinda the new "you only did that cuz im black" thing…. enough!!!! Men like men, women like women, men like women, vice versa…. okay big woop …



  19. 19

    ENOUGH WITH THIS FVCKING GAY SH1T. YOU SAY THIS IS A CELEBRITY GOSSIP SITE BUT IT'S TURNING INTO A BUNCH OF GAY CRAP AD NAUSEUM. THIS GUY IS A LEGAL FEMALE. HE SHOULD HAVE RUN FOR QUEEN AND HE PROBABLY STILL WOULD HAVE BEEN VOTED IN. IF YOU'RE SAYING EQUAL RIGHTS HOW ABOUT THE RIGHTS OF FEMALES FOR QUEEN AND MALES FOR KING? IT'S OKAY TO TRAMPLE ON THE RIGHTS OF ANYONE ELSE IN YOUR EYES AS LONG AS THE GAYS GET WHAT THEY WANT.



  20. 20

    Much Support for Oak from Florida!!!

    And the school is called - Mona Shores High School for all those who want to send a letter!! :)



  21. 21

    I hate to break it to you but if he's bleeding every month he's a woman. When his ovaries hang like nuts between his legs and he finds a Y chromosome then he's a man. In six years you'll be reading about him being another "pregnant man."



  22. 22

    Re: DulceDesden

    Its way worse b/c Blacks didn't suddenly wanna be the lead float in the Hispanic Heritage Parade.

    I want everyone to be treated fairly…as in wheelchair ramps at all public buildings or immigration laws that treat all foreigners the same, possibly more funding to childhood cancer research…but some girl with a knack for baggy clothes and a haircut becoming homecoming king?? OAK and all his/her supporters should find a better cause to debate about.

    Obviously the problem within that school has more to do with education then gender discrimination.



  23. 23

    Re: Celestina
    You're an idiot. Racist? Come on. Race refers to race. The word you were probably thinking of is prejudiced. The fact that you just said "the gays have to take everything away from other people" confirms to me that you are ignorant and know absolutely nothing about the issue of transgender. Perhaps you should become acquainted with something before making stupid assumptions and coming across as a douche. Which you do. Transgender is not the same as homosexual. So no, "the gays" are not trying to take anything from anyone.



  24. 24

    It's not equal if girls have to compete against girls AND guys…. but in all honesty… who give a fuck about some stupid dance title… there are much more important things in this world.



  25. 25

    It amazes me even in the small amount of comments this has received how little people actually know about the meaning of transgender. The school officials are in the wrong. He was voted homecoming king and they took it away. In doing so demonstrated a completely lack of understanding. On the issue of why doesn't he run for queen and wear a tux? Haha, an interesting idea, but definitely not the solution. Why would someone who identifies and views themselves as a man want to be queen? People seem to think transgender is some sort of drag or dress up. It's not.



  26. 26

    If we change the rules for one person then we have to change them for everyone. If we let gays/transgenders run for prom queen, miss universe, when they are MEN then we have to let every man who wants to run for it, do so. It'll become a joke. There's girl groups and boy groups for a reason. She was born a woman so why couldn't she run for homecoming queen and show up in a tux or something? Whether she likes it or not, she was born a woman. Harsh but true.



  27. 27

    The girl needs psychotherapy. I wonder which restroom she uses?



  28. 28

    so, um why make a big deal about this? oak should have ran for queen.. end of story. oak is not a boy.. just because oak feels like a boy doesn't mean he/she is. I'm all about equal rights, but this has nothing to do with rights.. what about the rights of all the straight boys who really want to be king?????



  29. 29

    I'm all for gay right and transgendered people being allowed to live as they choose to so that they can be comfortable, but it seems like running for home coming king is being a little pushy. Gay/Straight/Trans we're all still people. When people do stuff like this- a transgendered boy running for homecoming king- that person or people are using their difference and the egg shells around how far P.C.-ness must go to force people into voting for them for fear of feeling guilty or bigoted if they don't. Seems pretty cut and dry to me. Seems like the message here is if you don't vote for this transgendered for home coming king, you're a bigot. That seems really unfair to all the other guys at the school who have as much of a right to try and win that crown.



  30. 30

    … the administrators likely just aren't ready yet - they'll catch up - hopefully for prom …. the teachers and peers are an Oak's side … so well spoken in front of the camera … amazing things ahead for this guy! … he's the luckiest transgendered teen and maybe just one really lucky teen for having all this family, friend, team, community support!!



  31. 31

    Oak is a female. She should have ran for home coming queen. Nothing wrong with the principles decision



  32. 32

    This story brought tears to my eyes. Good for all those young people for standing behind their classmate and friend Oak. The sooner the rest of the nation realizes that sexuality and gender come in many varieties that should all be treated fairly, the better we can represent the ideals that our nation supposedly stands for - equality, justice, and fraternity. Congratulations to these students - they are exemplifying what it should really mean to be an American!



  33. 33

    I'm really glad I sent this link in, and im really glad it got posted! It amazes me still how much ignorance and hate is being thrown around. Just because someone is physically one gender does not mean that it has to have any effect on there identity as a person. It is our brains that dictate maleness or femaleness, not plumbing.



  34. 34

    Send letters to

    Mona Shores High School
    C/O Jennifer Bustard
    1121 Seminole Road
    Norton Shores, MI 49441



  35. 35

    Oakleigh did not win. Her votes were not counted. The whole school did not rally behind her. Exaggeration and hearsay does not equal facts. IF the contest was held AFTER her surgery, THEN she could be voted for home coming kin



  36. 36

    Why didn't the school tell this kid when he wanted to campaign that he was ineligible and not wait until after the kid already won fair and square? Obviously the kids at the school liked him enough to vote for him. I graduated high school almost ten years ago and the graduating class before me had a gay male run for homecoming queen, he didn't win but it was still nice to see.



  37. 37

    not everything has to be an activist rally….

    the rules were simple….. im sure the entire school would support getting rid of detention, but that doesnt mean they get to change the reality.

    If this were some important issue, then i would be in full support of letting this young girl be given the title usually given to males, but its a damn prom king…. she isnt being denied her right to an education…..
    everyone else should be denied their right to live in reality, (the one where girls are girls and boys are boys).

  38. @v@ says – reply to this


    38

    They took it away from him, and they took the voice away from the students.
    He enrolled as a female, but things changed. I guess school administrators don't do change very well, and acceptance could be tangibly demonstrated.



  39. 39

    Sorry to break it to ya, but Oak IS a female. Just because she dresses like a male, it doesn't make her one, and doesn't make her illegible to for homecoming king. She should've just ran for homecoming queen.



  40. 40

    Please, someone tell me, why in the hell he would run for homecoming queen if everyone KNOWS him as a male?



  41. 41

    Oh, and "imtellinya"…you obviously don't live in this town, and don't see for first hand how not only the students are behind him, but the majority of the town is too. Your pretty ignorant to write about things you know nothing about.



  42. 42

    This is so NOT fair. If he won, he won. Technicalities on something thats made for the fun of student? Are you forreal? If the teachers can call him his guy name and recognize him as a guy, then he can be freaking king!



  43. 43

    Re: Leah ✬ Smith – .Re: Leah ✬ Smith – I do live in Norton Shores and I do know quite a bit about this issue. As much as Oakleigh wants it, she is still a girl physically until her surgery. Then she will have the attributes of a male. The school was correct in it's decision. You can't strip something from someone if they never had it. Even Oakleigh doesn't like all this controversy but she did start it. She just wants it to go away.

    And you should never assume anything that you really don't know Leah Smith!