UNI senior Steven Sanchez never expected to be accepted and welcomed at any school. Because he grew up outside the gender binary he quit high school after being bullied by his peers.
“I’m not 100 percent man or woman,” Sanchez told the student newspaper on learning of his nomination to the court explaining “I don’t fit into either box.”
“I was so excited and my friend was like, ‘what is going on?’” said the senior communications major. “It was hard to contain my excitement for a week, before we were allowed to announce it.”
Sanchez is the first biological male nominated for Homecoming queen. He identifies as a male transgender student or gender queer, meaning he embraces the gender spectrum.
NI northern-iowan.org/ Executive Editor Linh Ta followed Steven Sanchez, the first transgender and biological male student to be nominated for Homecoming queen, before, during and after the Homecoming royalty announcement, Oct. 11, 2013.