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Transgender Teen Gets to Be the Homecoming King

This might have been a blessing in disguise for a 17-year-old boy got previously expelled from his school because of being a transgender. Stiles Zuschlag, from Lebanon, Maine was given a choice between his transition and committing to school regulations.


Huffington Post

The boy chose to go with his identity rather than commit with the school rules and moved to a public school.  His transfer to the local public school seems to be a benediction as he was given the distinction of Homecoming King amidst a football game.

The cheering crowd of students was as elated as the awardee. Zuschlag said: “I was really excited. I wanted to cry. I felt like I could excel no matter where I was.”

Zuschlag started his transition in early 2015 but kept everything covertly. He still used the same facilities as his woman schoolmates in his previous school. The teen, however, was given an ultimatum by the school during summer because the school followed a strict belief system about sexual orientation to which the transgender teen deviated from.



Inside Edition tried to reach out to the local school but they refused to give a comment about their decisions. Instead they released a statement covered by Bangor Daily News.

“To protect the privacy of our families, TCCA admissions decision and any reason for these various decisions, are not considered matters of public disclosure. Therefore, we have no comment. Thanks you.”

The media outlet reported that Zuschlag is a class valedictorian with a 3.89 GPA.

Education attorney and New Hampshire District 2 Executive Counselor Andre Volinsky made the school’s move clear by saving that “religious schools such as TCCA can legally ask a student to leave regardless of whether it receives federal money.”

“In this day and age, the rights of a religious school are paramount to the rights of a student who goes there because the student always has the remedy of going to another school,” Volinsky continued.


The Star

Zuschlag’s new school welcomed the transgender with open arms even asking him which bathroom and locker room he preferred to use. He said: “They care.”

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