Utah school crowns transgender teen prom queen

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Salt Lake City — Students at a Salt Lake high school are showing their commitment to gender equality after crowning a transgender girl prom queen.

Maka Brown, 18, says it wasn’t just a big moment for her, but also for her peers who voted for her. The title was a first for the Salt Lake School for Performing Arts, and Maka could be the first transgender prom queen in the entire state.

“It was like, I can’t believe this is happening to me right now,” Maka explained. “It was just really validating for me.”

The night was important to Maka’s mom Toni too.

“I was really proud of this school that they were able to see Maka for who she is,” said Toni.

Although Maka says getting to this point was not easy.

“I didn’t realize I was trans until I was 16, about two years ago.”

She says when she hit puberty she felt very torn inside.

“I was turning into a guy and I didn’t like it. All these awful changes were happening that I didn’t identify with or didn’t want to happen to me. It just felt so foreign.”

Therapy helped Toni accept her child is transgender–a word she’d never even heard of. Knowing many transgender kids commit suicide because they are rejected, Toni says things became clear.

“When I finally learned and accepted, she blossomed,” Toni said.

Maka, who juggles, does trapeze and the German wheel, dreams of being a professional performer. But for now, she feels happy right where she is at. She tells other teens, “Strive to be the most authentic person you can because authenticity is tantamount to happiness.”

The principal at the Salt Lake Performing Arts Academy says she is proud of Maka and of all her students.

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  • jimnjoy

    School for the Performing Arts. “Performers” tend to be much more liberal than the general population.
    It sounds like he was allowed to be a girl and everything was fine before puberty kicked in. I think this is a mental illness and should be treated as such.

    • Geena

      You don’t know what you’re talking about. Like, even the tiniest little bit.

      p.s. Deliberately misgendering a teenage girl is straight-up bullying. You should be ashamed of yourself.

      • jimnjoy

        Did you read the article? He said he was obviously turning into a guy at puberty and he didn’t like it. He was a GUY since he was born and it sounds like he was not encouraged to be what GOD made him until just recently.

  • sandy

    Fortunately she has the right to be who she wants to be, and whoever doesn’t agree with it is just gonna have to deal with it.. Makes sense cause its her body, her choice. Maybe you should focus on your own personal things.

    • jimnjoy

      It is true that it really doesn’t matter what we think. I does matter, however, what God Almighty thinks. Believe that.

    • ShadowWalker59

      Sorry, I don’t have to ‘deal’ with it, and IF I did………..believe me, I would not condone it, nor will I even remotely sanction such a sickness!! The only way to ‘deal’ with it……..is to treat it as the sickness it is!!

  • ShadowWalker59

    Sorry, but it’s a sickness and should be treated as such! I cannot support it, and I will not support it. I don’t care about their ‘feelings’, it’s STILL……..sick!!!!

  • testy

    She inspires me , because I identify as a Kangaroo. Because of her, I know that people will accept me and reward me when I present myself to the world as the Marsupial that I truly am