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This teen won homecoming court *and* smashed gender stereotypes

This week has been all about homecoming fun, and the latest feel-good story to rock social media is about Brandon Allen, a teen from Memphis, TN, who recently accepted the crown of "Homecoming Royalty" at White Station High School. Brandon's accolade is so special because he identifies as gay and accepted the gender-neutral title in a floor-length gown, proving that gender stereotypes don't have to exist in 2019. 

"Thank you to everyone who has contributed to me becoming queen," Brandon wrote on Insta. "You guys truly looked stunningly beautiful and I am so honored to have been able to walk with you guys!!"

Unfortunately, while Brandon's title was celebrated by many, some haters took to social to write not-so-nice comments. The school's principal, Carrye Holland, shut them down. "Here's the thing: It's Brandon's right to run for homecoming court under Title IX. It's the students' choice of who they want to support as homecoming royalty," she commented on Brandon's photo. "I'm exceedingly proud to be the principal of our amazing school. You don't have to agree but disrespectful comments will be deleted."

Many of Brandon's classmates rallied around him. "I’ve never been prouder to go to White Station," classmate Zoey Brewer-Brown wrote on Facebook. "Brandon is one of the kindest people I know and he deserves this SO much. Shame on every single person saying that he isn’t deserving of this title simply because of his gender. His bravery, compassion, and kindness is something I hope to have even half of one day."

Even alumni of the school added their praise. "This picture captures bravery, support and change all in one shot," alumna Priya Tummalapalli wrote. "Congrats to Brandon and lots of love to White Station for fostering an inclusive and supportive environment for all of its students. I’m a proud alumna!"

Keep shining, Brandon! 

How is your school celebrating homecoming?

by Jacqueline F. | 10/1/2019