The University of Northern Iowa Crowns Transgender Homecoming Queen


An Iowa University crowned its first ever transgender for their 2013 Homecoming celebration. Steven Sanchez, 21 was born male, but has identified himself as both male + female for a number of years. On last Friday, Steven was crowned as QUEEN at The University of Northern Iowa Homecoming Dance.

STEVEN-SANCHEZ-570[Photo Credit | University of Northern Iowa]

Sanchez, who was bullied during his high school years which forced him to drop out, stated:

“I never would have thought years ago that I’d be standing on a stage, people cheering for me because they’d voted me homecoming queen. It was unbelievable. It was that moment when I realized I went from being so low that I was literally trying to end my life, to right now I’m so in love with life and I feel like life is so beautiful.” (USA Today)

Since moving to Iowa from a community college in Texas, Steven has become a crowd favorite from performing “Lola” at his university’s events. Professor and advisor Ruth Chananie mentioned:

“Steven is just trying to be himself — and be herself,” Chananie said. It is a statement to say that every person should be accepted for who they are, and be included regardless of their gender expression, sexual orientation or any other thing.”

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  1. LOVE this! Thank you so much for sharing!

    Miche from Buttons and Birdcages

  2. Congratulations to Steven Sanchez! :-)
    All the best for his/her future :-)

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