Blake Brockington has been crowned the first transgender homecoming king in North Carolina during a halftime ceremony at East Meck High School on February 7.
Brockington said he felt “amazing,” telling WBTV, “I hope this makes everybody know that they can be themselves regardless of what anybody else says. Even though you go through some things and you have some negative encounters in your life—anything is possible.”
The teen beat out 12 other seniors vying for the title of King. Though nominated by his peers, the win comes after Brockington was able to raise the most money for the school’s chosen charity: Mothering Across Continents—a non-profit that funds the building of schools in Sudan.
But it hasn’t been an easy road. Brockington currently lives with foster parents because his biological father refuses to accept the young man’s gender identity.
Despite various troubles, the high schooler remains positive and optimistic.
“You can do anything you set your heart to.”
Brockington has plans to attend UNC Charlotte in the Fall.