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Transgender student fights for his right to run for homecoming king

For many high school students, the election of a homecoming king and queen is little more than a popularity contest. But for Kasey Caron, a high school senior and transgender teenager, running to be homecoming king of his Pennsylvania high school has turned into a battle for LGBTQ rights.

As Caron writes over at xoJane, his story actually has a pretty happy beginning. At the start of the school year, he was called in for a meeting with his guidance counselor and asked if he would prefer to be listed on the male or female ballot for the homecoming court. Having his school recognize his gender identity was an incredibly validating and empowering moment, he says. Though he hadn't considered it before, after the meeting, Caron decided that he would run for homecoming king -- and felt pretty good about his chances of winning:

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