An openly gay Texas high school student has filed a grievance claiming he was the victim of discrimination after his school district refused to allow him to run for prom queen.
“I wear foundation, I fill in my eyebrows, I take care of myself how a female should,” Coy Villasenor told MyFoxAustin.com. “I mean the king’s title is more masculine and the queen is someone who rules with a gentle hand and that’s how I am.”
Villasenor said officials at Lehman High School in Kyle, Texas, initially allowed him to run for prom queen. But the day before the election, he was told he had to be transgender to run for queen.
“What the superintendent told me was that I was supposed to have a history of dressing like a girl in the past,” the teenager told MyFoxAustin.com. “I’ve had hair down to my chest for four years. I donated it. I wear tight pants. I was considered a girl. So if that wasn’t good enough for them, then I think I just think they’re making it up.”
The Hays Consolidated Independent School District issued a statement:
“Requiring male students who are legally male and who present themselves as male to run in the male category and female students who are legally female and who present themselves as female to run in the female category – protects the equal access for male and female students to each achieve a place on the prom court.”
The gay rights group Equality Texas believes the school district made a mistake and should have allowed the boy to run for prom queen.
“We believe a person is male or female based on their personal gender identity and not on physiology or what the state decides to put on an identification card, spokesperson Lisa Scheps said.
The young man said he filed the grievance because he wanted to make sure that future students don’t feel slighted.
“It’s about standing up for who you are, being confident, loving yourself and just being open without anybody telling you, you can’t do it or it’s not okay to do it,” he said. “Society sees it as an issue. I see it as just someone expressing who you are.”