Election is thought to be a first-of-its-kind in Ga.
MARIETTA, Ga. — An openly transgender pupil has been elected to represent her high school during its Homecoming Week 2014.
"I couldn't stop smiling," said Sage Lovell, 16, who said she heard word of the final vote count while in her homeroom class. "My entire homeroom erupted in very loud cheering. Apparently it was able to be heard from across the school."
Ms. Lovell is a junior at Walton High.
"It was just sort of a slow buildup of almost trying different identities," she said. "Being at middle school, being like 'I'm probably not straight,' and thinking I liked men. Then it suddenly progressed from there, to, 'OK, you're not even male. You're female.'"
She said she was able to express those feelings openly to many of her friends, some of whom she's known since pre-kindergarten.
"Telling the people who I trusted, and seeing their reactions, helped to fortify my feelings that everything would be fine," said Ms. Lovell.
As for being elected to homecoming court as a transgender student in the traditionally conservative municipality and county, Ms. Lovell understands the significance of the achievement.
"It means a lot to me, in a place where people tend to be extremely conservative, that something this liberal would happen," she said. "It means so much."
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