Recently, high school student Mel won the title of his school’s homecoming king. Doesn’t sound like a big deal, does it?
But it actually is: Mel is the first transgender student to win the title in the entire state of Texas.
This is big considering the fact that Texas isn’t known as the most tolerant state. As “The Cut” notes, “it’s one of 32 states where a person can be fired for being openly transgender, and one of 29 states where you can fired for being openly gay or lesbian.” (“The Cut” also has a more detailed account of Mel’s story.)
But this shows that attitudes are changing, starting with the youth. I can’t wait to see how Texas, and other states, progress.