Transgender Teen Wins Homecoming Princess

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UPDATE: Scarlett Lenh was crowned homecoming princess Friday night.

The Sand Creek High School junior received the honor at Friday night's homecoming game against Aurora Central. Scarlett, born a boy, started dressing as a girl at the start of the school year. She said she was initially nervous about what her classmates would think, but now a few weeks later she feels more accepted than she ever has.

Sand Creek won the game, 51-12.
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11 News is talking to a Colorado Springs student nominated to be homecoming queen. This student is transgender, born a boy, living life as a girl. It has a lot of parents upset.

Scarlett Lenh looks like your average teenage girl as she re-applies her lipstick. But she was actually born a boy, named Andy.

“I kinda never felt comfortable. I do feel like I should've been born a girl,” explained Scarlett.

Scarlett is a junior at Sand Creek High School. She just started dressing as a girl at the start of this school year. She was nervous about how the other kids would react.

“It was really scary at first actually. The first day I came to school like this I had to use the restroom, and I panicked and asked my friend, 'What do I do?'"

She now uses the ladies room, and the school says that's okay.

Now she is nominated for homecoming queen. Scarlett told 11 News this is the first time in her life that she feels truly accepted.

“My counselor and principal congratulated me. They told me they support me. When my friends heard the announcement at the end of the day they were so happy for me.”

But we were contacted by several parents who don't agree with the nomination. None of them would talk on camera.

District 49 told us in a statement:

“We welcome all members of our community, regardless of race, creed, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. Our board policy sets the standard that we do not exclude any person from participating in any program or activity on the bases of gender identity and gender expression.”

Now Scarlett has a message for all teens: embrace who you really are.

“It’s just about being yourself. That's what I want to do, inspire people. I want everyone to know no matter what body you're in or what mind set you have, being you is the best feeling in the world, no matter what,” said Lenh.

The homecoming dance is this weekend.



 
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