Students in the suburban San Diego Chula Vista School District voted overwhelmingly for 18-year old transgender Karl Cristian Cruz, a student at Sweetwater Union High School, to be their 2018 homecoming queen. Her coronation was on Friday, Sept. 14.
Cruz told KGTV ABC 10 she was shocked but happy to know her classmates are accepting of who she is. “Everyone started cheering for me. I didn’t really expect that from anyone,” Cruz said. “After the fireworks, I just started crying my eyes out.”
On her Facebook page after Friday’s coronation Cruz wrote;
“From being nominated, to being part of top 10 to being SUHI’s first Transgender Homecoming Queen has been such a crazy fun experience and I’m forever thankful for everyone who supported me throughout this journey. I wanna give special thanks to my family who supported me, to my friends who supported me all the way, […] They were just there for me thru thick and thin. I love you guys with all my heart.”
“I was extremely proud. I can’t say I was surprised. Every single student should be accepted for who they are,” Principal Maribel Gavin told KGTV. “They’re all wonderful human beings that are here to learn.”
In addition to being Homecoming Queen, Cruz is also on the principal’s honor roll and is involved in several school clubs.
Both Gavin and Cruz believe Cruz being crowned queen shows that the school has created a safe environment for all students, including LGBTQ students.
Reporting by KGTV ABC 10 San Diego and the staff of the Los Angeles Blade.
This story has been updated to specify that Sweetwater Union High School is in National City.