Transgender Student Elected Homecoming King Is Almost Denied His Throne

November 26, 2007

A transgender student elected homecoming king at Pasadena City College was nearly denied his throne because of …

His earrings.

Andrew Gomez, a 24-year-old transitioning from female to male, ran for homecoming king to set an example for other gay, lesbian, and transgender students, according to the San Gabriel Valley Tribune. He was surprised when he won, and apparently so was the college’s homecoming committee. It ruled that Mr. Gomez could not serve as king because of his pierced ears.

When students lodged charges of discrimination, however, the committee reversed its decision. And Mr. Gomez got to be king for a day after all. —Elyse Ashburn