Thursday, September 26, 2013

Kasey Caron Can't Be Homecoming King Because He Was Born Female

Why it seemed like only a minute ago that I posted about Cassidy Lynn Campbell becoming perhaps the first transgender homecoming queen in US history out there in California—see that post HERE. I loved that story, seeing it for what it was, a huge shift, in at least one spot, in the attitudes toward transgender people. Of course, on the other side of the country, in Pennsylvania to be exact, the attitudes haven’t shifted.

The Richland School Board, in western Pennsylvania has ruled that Kasey Caron — born female, though he now identifies as male — cannot run for homecoming king, and they put his name on the ballot as homecoming queen.

School Board attorney Timothy Leventry says Pennsylvania law — an outdated law that needs to change — requires a person born female to have a physician certify a sex change operation and have their birth certificate legally changed to be considered male. As a result, the Richland board refused to recognize Kasey as a boy — even though his family, friends, classmates and teachers refer to Kasey as 'him.' A young man, in the eyes of everyone, but the school board, a third party, declares that he isn’t male, but female.

Kasey was born with polycystic ovary syndrome, a condition that leads to a hormone imbalance where the ovaries make more male hormones than normal; he has been subjected to the question ‘Are you a boy or a girl?’ all of his life, but all through his high school years he has identified as male. Even his teachers and classmates see him as male. 

Earlier this year, a guidance counselor suggested he enter his name for homecoming king, and Kasey felt certain the school would accept his gender identity, but on the day the student body was scheduled to vote for the homecoming court, administrators told Caron that they were required to list him, him, on the female ballot, because he is legally identified as female on his driver's license.

Kasey’s name was on the female ballot, but students voted him onto the homecoming court and then, calling Caron’s a 'unique situation' school administrators said he could go to the homecoming parade with a date of his choice, rather than automatically pairing him with another male student running for homecoming king.  

How big of them … okay, it was something, something small, but something.

Kasey, who plans to clinically transition once he turns 18, is disappointed that the school board didn't immediately rule on the request, but he remains hopeful.
“I thought they were going to have a change of heart. I am still hoping for one.”
Kathy Caron has said she will continue to support Kasey:
"I love my son, and my son is the most awesome. I couldn't ask for anything better."

My son; that says it all.

6 comments:

Huntress aka R.J. said...

Rural Pistolvania? Not surprised. They cling to their Bibles and guns, no?

the dogs' mother said...

From baby steps to toddler steps. Still small but moving in the right direction.

anne marie in philly said...

@huntress, yep you are correct (except in philly and pittsburgh). it sux to live in a redneck state.

who gives a shit what the DL says; he's a GUY!

Biki Honko said...

I didn't realize that a ballot for homecoming needed to adhere to state laws regarding gender. Why do schools think they need to be involved in something that is a student ran activity anyway? Let the kids vote for who they want to be crowned. Maybe its time to delete the king and queen and just let the kids vote for their two favorite students?

Joseph Parton said...

Kasey is a female NOT a male. She was born biologically a female and she has NOT had any surgery. You CANNOT argue with biology period!

Do you want men participating in the Miss USA or Miss Universe pageant, because they decide that they "feel" like a girl?

Next thing you know someone will say that that they are ruler of the world, because they "feel" like it. Oh yeah, that happened already! His name was Hitler!

Come on people! Where has common sense gone?

Bob Slatten said...

Wow, Joseph, thanks for comparing transgender people to Hitler.

That was quite the idiotic leap.

SHE may have been born male, but SHE is transitioning to male, and has begun the process.

Deal with it.

Gender IS NOT between your legs, it's between your ears; unfortunately, you seem to have very little between your hears.