After being elected homecoming king by his peers, a transgender Michigan high-schooler was denied his crown by school officials.
Oakleigh Reed, known as "Oak" by students, was told by his principal that all the votes he received had to be invalidated because he enrolled at Muskegon, Mich.'s Mona Shores High School as a female. Teachers, school staff, and fellow students refer to Reed as "he," and appear comfortable with his status as a young transgender man. But for some reason the homecoming race was viewed as different, and a runner-up king was given the crown.
Fellow students launched an "Oak Is Our King" Facebook page and plan on wearing T-shirts with Oak-supportive messages on October 1.
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