- Associated Press - Monday, October 19, 2015

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - A transgender student who was named the homecoming queen at a Trenton high school says her victory shows “it’s 2015 and things are changing and progressing.”

Jae Irizarry tells The Times of Trenton (https://bit.ly/1QNcmo5 ) that she was initially reluctant to enter the competition because she was born a male. She has been identifying as a female for about a year. But the 17-year-old says friends and teachers encouraged her to enter.

She was crowned Saturday night at a Trenton Central High football game after a vote of students.

Principal Hope Grant says the victory was no joke and shows that the school encourages students to be themselves.

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This story has been corrected to show that Jae Irizarry has been identifying as a female for about a year, not as a male.

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Information from: The (Trenton, N.J.) Times, https://www.nj.com/times

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