Evan Bialosuknia of Olympia High School in Orlando, Florida has made history as her school’s first transgender homecoming queen.
The 17-year-old high school senior expressed that she had always wanted to win the title. So she started campaigning on social media and told her classmates about her plan.
“Every year, a beautiful girl wins homecoming queen and that’s how it always is,” Bialosuknia told CBS News. “Ever since I was little, I was like, ‘I want to be a queen, I want to be that star in a moment of glory.”
She also mentioned that her school’s Gay-Straight Alliance helped her campaign, encouraging club members and other students to vote for Evan as the school’s first trans homecoming queen.
Evan began transitioning less than a year ago and said that she came out only recently. She was nervous and didn’t know what to expect when she ran for homecoming queen. She said she had her moment of glory when the students elected her queen in September.
“It made me feel like I actually belonged. Not just like a joke. Cause that was one of my fears. I was in bed one night like, ‘What if they were just doing this to laugh at me,” Evan said.
Her homecoming queen was also very supportive and made her feel “like any other girl.”
“Looking back, it doesn’t even feel like that’s me,” she expressed. “I played football for like six to eight years, and I remember during practices I would stare at the cheerleaders because I wanted to be with them.”
Evan then went on to say that winning the crown made her feel hopeful for the future.
“It just made me realize I was not alone and don’t have to go through this alone.”
In recent years, many schools in the United States have become more inclusive, electing LGBT+ students during their annual homecoming. Some schools have already implemented gender-neutral terms such as homecoming royalty instead of king and queen.