This week read about an Orlando student becoming the school's first trans student to win homecoming queen, Demi Lovato speaking out about their identity, and a baseball player coming out.
Orlando Student Makes History as School’s First Trans Homecoming Queen
Evan Bialosuknia made history at Olympia High School in Orlando, Florida, after being elected the school’s first transgender homecoming queen.
"Every year, a beautiful girl wins homecoming queen and that's how it always is," Bialosuknia told CBS News. "Ever since I was little, I was like, 'I want to be a queen, I want to be that star in a moment of glory.’"
The 17-year-old senior campaigned via social media and gained help from the school’s Gay-Straight Alliance who messaged club members and encouraged them to vote for the school’s first trans homecoming queen.
"I really wanted to get it and I was pretty confident I had a chance, but if I didn't get it, it's not the end of the world," she said. "But for me, it felt a little bit more than that, because as a transgender woman, it lets you know you're being who you are. And it's not any different than a cisgender woman being homecoming queen."
Bialosukina ended up winning by the largest margin of votes in the school’s history.
"I was just in utter shock and it made me feel like maybe people do like me and maybe are not doing this to laugh at me or make fun of me," she said. "It just felt amazing to know that people are actually there for you and support you."
Demi Lovato Speaks Out on Being Nonbinary
Demi Lovato. Photo via Facebook.
Singer, songwriter, actor, and activist Demi Lovato came out as pansexual in May 2021. Since then, they have shared tidbits of their journey and helped others better understand their identity.
In an interview with Today, Lovato shared even more and looked ahead to what their future might hold when it comes to having children and finding love.
“I don't know,” Lovato said when TODAY's Hoda Kotb asked about the possibility of having kids. “I used to really want that, and then, as I'm approaching my 30s without children, it's pretty nice. I have maternal instincts, I love my animals, and I used to really think that one day I would love to be a parent.”
When it comes to a relationship, Lovato is more open and willing.
“I’m very fluid, so I date men and women," they said. "But I identify as pansexual, which is I'm attracted to human beings, and it doesn't matter what you identify as. If you're nonbinary as well, if you are a straight man or if you're fluid as well, I don't hold myself back from sharing my love with anybody.”
The interview ended with Lovato reflecting on where they’re at now, “I would say I’m pretty happy, I think that happiness is not a constant state of being. I think that I'm very content, and I have moments of happiness and moments of bliss and joy that are so fulfilling.”
Angels Minor League Pitcher Comes Out as Bisexual
Kieran Lovegrove. Photo via Facebook.
Minor league baseball player Kieran Lovegrove came out as bisexual in an interview with ESPN on Thursday. He discussed his sexual orientation and his past challenges with suicide and substance abuse.
The 27-year-old said that before he came out in 2019, he distanced himself from his family and teammates out of fear that they would have a negative reaction. “Baseball is a game of statistics,” Lovegrove told ESPN. "And if you want to tell me that I’m the only queer person in baseball, I’m just not going to agree with you. Someone is terrified because it’s a terrifying prospect to come out. I do encourage any one of them to reach out to me.”
Lovegrove now joins Bryan Ruby, a third baseman for the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes who came out as gay in September, as the only two publicly out LGBT players in professional baseball.
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