Watch: Transgender Homecoming Queen Crowned at Orlando High School

by Kilian Melloy

EDGE Staff Reporter

Thursday September 30, 2021
Originally published on September 30, 2021

A transgender high school student in Orlando, Florida was elected homecoming queen by her supportive schoolmates, local NBC affiliate WESH reported.

"It made me feel like I actually belonged," Olympia High School student Evan Bialosuknia told the news outlet. "Not just like a joke — 'cause that was one of my fears: I was in bed one night, like, 'What if they were just doing this to laugh at me?'"

"The 17-year-old said she didn't know what to expect when she decided to run for homecoming queen at her school," NBC News said. But, she said, "I wanted to have that moment of glory."

Bialosuknia took to Instagram after being crowned, posting that she had "made history."

And she need not have worried that her moment would be spoiled. The sincerity of her schoolmates became obvious when "the homecoming game's halftime brought a show of support from her friends and classmates and the crowned king," WESH reported.

Calling the homecoming king "just a great person," Bialosuknia recounted how "He just made me feel like any other girl."

The 17-year-old is in the early stages of her transition, and the show of support "made me realize I was not alone and don't have to go through this alone," she said.

"I still have a long way to go and more change is coming," she said, before going on to add, "I have to just keep my head up and know that it's going to take time and it's going to take patience."

Before she transitioned, Bialosuknia recalled, she played football "for like six to eight years and I remember during practices I would stare at the cheerleaders because I wanted to be with them."

Added the newly-crowned homecoming queen: "Looking back it doesn't even feel like that's me."

To watch the WESH news clip, follow this link.

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Associate Arts Editor and Staff Contributor. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.