A Lehman High School student badly wants to be prom queen, but was taken out of the competition. He says it is discrimination.
Saturday night, openly gay student, Coy Villasenor will don a pink shirt, slacks, pink-laced shoes and he hopes--a big crown.
He's had his sights on being prom queen of Lehman High in Kyle, but as of now, he only has a chance of winning prom king. On voting day school officials lumped him into the king category after he'd already stated his intentions to run with other female students.
"I wear foundation, I fill in my eyebrows, I take care of myself how a female should and I mean the king's title is more masculine and the queen is someone who rules with a gentle hand and that's how I am," Coy said.
Coy contacted everyone up to the superintendent with his claim of discrimination.
"What the superintendent told me was that I was supposed to have a history of dressing like a girl in the past. I've had hair down to [my chest] for four years. I donated it. I wear tight pants. I was considered a girl. So, if that wasn't good enough for them, then I just think they're making it up," Coy said.
The school's logic is that if two men were to win, it would be discrimination against women, just as if two women won, it would be discrimination against men. Therefore, there can only be one female winner and one male.
Hays C.I.S.D. released the following statement:
"Requiring male students who are legally male and who present themselves as male to run in the male category and female students who are legally female and who present themselves as female to run in the female category protects the equal access for male and female students to each achieve a place on the prom court. "
We asked LGBT rights group Equality Texas to weigh in.
Equality Texas Operations Manager Lisa Scheps says, "In my opinion, Coy should be allowed to run for prom queen. We believe a person is male or female based on their personal gender identity and not on physiology or what the state decides to put on an identification card. Coy should be applauded for being an authentic and truthful student courageous enough to live their own truth. "
It is too late for Coy to be in the queen category. However, he has filed a grievance with the school to help pave the way for future students in his situation.
"I want them to know is that by me running it's not about attention," said Coy. "It's about standing up for who you are, being confident, loving yourself and just being open without anybody telling you, you can't do it or it's not okay to do it. Society sees it as an issue. I see it as just someone expressing who you are."