Sand Creek High School in Colarado Springs welcomes a new homecoming queen: Scarlet Lenh. What is so special about this news? Well until recently Scarlett was known as Andy Lenh, a biological boy who identifies as a girl.
It is a welcome relief for transgender’s like Scarlett who are getting wider acceptance in the society. Transgender issues are now touching every aspect of American society. Scarlett was named as the homecoming queen by Sand Creek High School and she described it as a high point in her life.
Transgender issues are now being discussed much more openly and have started an intense debate in the American society.
To a few the homecoming queen Scarlett who formerly was Andy might seem out of place or odd in a place like Colarado Spring. However it is not a big issue for Sand Creek school officials.
District spokesman Matt Meister said in a statement, “The leaders at Sand Creek High School and in District 49 respect the decision of the Scorpion student body in electing their homecoming court. Our board policy sets the standard that we do not exclude any person from participating in any program or activity on the basis of gender identity and gender expression.”
The society is slowly accepting transgender and it has been a lonely and often frustrating struggle for gaining equality. A first grade student last year won the rights to use the girl’s restroom in another Colorado Springs school. The Colorado Civil rights Division ruled that not allowing Coy Mathis, who is biologically a male; to use the girls’ bathroom violated Colorado’s Anti-Discrimination Act.
It is not an easy life for transgender teens and suicide rates are high among such youths. Transgender teens also suffer rejection from their families and often find themselves without a home.