A trans teen ousted from his high school because of his gender identity was crowned homecoming king at his new school.
Stiles Zuschlag, 17, attended the Tri-City Christian Academy in Somersworth, New Hampshire until he came out as trans and reportedly was asked to leave in 2015. Zuschlag transferred to Noble High School in North Berwick, Maine, where he says he’s been embraced by his peers,
I won Noble High School's 2017 Homecoming King! pic.twitter.com/kaq7gMXdbX
— Stiles Zuschlag (@Scalyeragon) October 7, 2017
Still he was surprised to discover he had been voted homecoming king during halftime at Noble High’s football game on Friday, just a month after he began his senior year at the school.
“My heart kind of dropped,” Zuschlag told WCSH-TV. “It was the most surreal thing that’s ever happened to me.”
— Stiles Zuschlag (@Scalyeragon) October 8, 2017
He called his departure from Tri-City Christian Academy a “blessing from God.”
“God took me away from that to help me be a better person, to breathe again, to be happy again,” Zuschlag told HuffPost. “I’m so grateful He did that for me.”
Bangor Daily reported.